Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing his part to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus, donating $1 million to the Frontline Responders Fund. The 72-year-old actor and former California Governor revealed his donation on Instagram on Thursday morning, asking his fans and followers to do the same. Donate Now His plea has seemingly worked, with nearly $500,000 more donated to the fund since his original donation.
‘I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better,’ Schwarzenegger began.
‘This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I’m proud to be part of it,’ he added.
‘I donated 1 million dollars, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes. Go to the link in my bio to help out,’ he concluded. He linked to the GoFundMe page for the Frontline Responders Fund, which was created just one day ago and already has $3.3 million in donations. The fund was created by an organization called Flexport, which is ‘focusing all its resources on, ‘getting critical supplies to frontline responders combating COVID-19.’
The fund is trying to supply hospitals around the world with masks, gowns, gloves and other critical supplies they need to fight the virus.
Schwarzenegger was on board early, issuing a statement for the GoFundMe Page that began, ‘Our doctors, nurses and hospital staff are the real action heroes of this crisis. I just play one in the movies.’
‘We have an opportunity and a responsibility to provide them with personal protective equipment right now to keep them safe as they fight this virus, so when I heard about Flexport.org’s plan, this was a no-brainer to me,’ he added.
‘With all of the courageous work they are doing on the frontlines to keep us safe, buying a few hundred thousand masks with a million dollars is the least I can do. Please take a moment to join me in supporting our heroes,’ he concluded.
Flexport supports all of the various companies that are involved with getting these critical items to the doctors who need them. These include not only the manufacturers who make the supplies, but also the trucks and cargo planes that transport them to their destination. Last week, Flexport assisted MedShare in donating 60,000 surgical masks, 34,000 gloves, 2,000 surgical gowns and 50 thermometers to San Francisco’s Department of Public Health.
Schwarzenegger is also part of the fundraising team, helping to raise an additional $7,148 from 177 donations. Singer James Taylor and his wife Kim have donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital, earmarked to testing, telemedicine and protective gear, among other needs, WCVB reported.
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