A-list actor and comedian Ben Stiller used his fame for good by helping to raise more than $2 million for starving people in Somalia.
The 51-year-old, along with Vine and Snapchat star Jerome Jarre, managed to raise the $1 in less than 24 hours over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported.
INTERNET YOU DID IT !!! 💪
WE HAVE AN AIRPLANE & WE HAVE FOOD !!!
WHAT IF WE COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING?
— JÉRÔME JARRE (@jeromejarre) March 19, 2017
Stiller posted a black-and-white video to Twitter and commented on the lack of food in Somalia and asked Turkish Airlines to help deliver resources to people in need.
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 15, 2017
The plan worked as Stiller’s fans and other stars, including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and YouTube star Casey Neistat, bombarded the airline’s social media accounts to get its attention, since it is the only airline that flies directly to Somalia.
— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) March 22, 2017
— Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) March 18, 2017
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 18, 2017
THANKS @TurkishAirlines for THE PLANE!!
TWITTER MADE IT HAPPEN!
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 17, 2017
Turkish Airlines promised one of its cargo aircrafts to deliver the food as well as future trips as well.
THANK YOU for the incredible response to #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia action. It's WORKING. Going to post a message soon to update you. 👏🏻🤙🙏
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 16, 2017
Stiller and company raised enough money to deliver 60 tons of food in their first relief mission.
WE GOT A ✈️ & 🥖!!
LET'S DO MORE!
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 20, 2017
The GoFundMe page, titled Love Army for Somalia, is still active and taking donations.
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 21, 2017
(H/T: Daily Mail)
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