NFL STAR Colin Kaepernick has played an integral part in seeing that a plane carrying food, water and aid be sent to Somalia, a country that is experiencing a historic famine that could reportedly affect more than six million people.
The former San Francisco 49er got involved with the “Turkish Airlines Help Somalia” movement, which called for the carrier, the only one to fly directly to Somalia, to provide its services.
“Mainstream media is not covering this! Make a video in your own language and help us get aid to the many people in Somalia who need it! Use the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia @TurkishAirlines . We can be the difference,” he wrote on Instagram accompanied by a video plea.
French entrepreneur and social media star Jerome Jarre started the campaign by introducing the idea of a Turkish plane delivering goods to Somalia. Award-winning actor Ben Stiller co-signed and made a proclamation of his own on Twitter.
There’s expected be a full cargo flight that can hold 60 tons of food.
On the GoFundMe page created by Jerome, which has already raised more than $1 million, he announced that the airline has also agreed to allow food containers to be shipped on its commercial aircrafts to Somalia until the end of the famine.
“Amazing news, Turkish Airlines granted us an airplane to fly to Somalia, a 60-ton cargo plane so we can fly there with food, with water for these people,” Colin said in a video. “Now we’ve started a GoFundMe page to allow anyone to help us donate food, donate water. We’ll make sure every cent goes to help these people.”