Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is no stranger to charity. Last year alone he donated over $1 million to charities in many urban areas. Now he has a new humanitarian cause, helping the people of Somalia with much need aid.
Somalia is in desperate need of aid after suffering from a catastrophic drought that has claimed over 100 lives in just over two days. Seeing this devastation, Kaepernick was inspired to do something big to assist.
Kaepernick joined the #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia effort on social media, encouraging the airline — which is touted as “connected Somalia to the rest of the world”— to provide food and water to the country. Thanks to his involvement, along with other professional athletes and celebrities, plus the general power of social media, the airline offered a cargo plane with food and water.
Keapernick also tweeted out a link to a Go Fund Me account started by Chaka Bars, founder of bodyweight training group Spartanfam, along with Ben Stiller and others, launched the campaign which raised more than $1.2 million in one day.
Check out Kaepernick’s social media announcement below: