Celebs, social media stars raise $1 million for Somalis facing famine
Actor Ben Stiller, the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick and social media stars including CNN’s Casey Neistat and Jerôme Jarre of Vine and Snapchat fame have helped raise $1 million in just 19 hours to help those facing starvation in Somalia, they announced.
“This is the story of what can happen when the power of social media is leveraged for something good,” Neistat explains in a YouTube video that documents the extraordinary sequence of events that led to the fund-raising juggernaut.
It all began, Neistat explains, when French Vine and Snapchat star Jerôme Jarre, citing the plight of the East African country, recorded a message on Twitter in which he pleaded with Turkish Airlines to fill one of its flights with food and provisions.
Drought-stricken Somalia is facing a catastrophic hunger crisis, with more than 6 million people — more than half the population — in need of food assistance