DiCaprio foun­da­tion gives US$1M to storm re­lief

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS -

ALEXAN­DRIA, Va. — The Leonardo DiCaprio Foun­da­tion has do­nated US$1 mil­lion to the newly es­tab­lished United Way Har­vey Re­cov­ery Fund, which will go to­ward short and long-term re­lief and re­cov­ery ef­forts.

United Way World­wide said Wed­nes­day that the na­tional fund will dis­trib­ute 100 per cent of do­na­tions to re­cov­ery ef­forts for those af­fected by trop­i­cal storm Har­vey.

“We are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the gen­eros­ity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foun­da­tion,” said United Way World­wide pres­i­dent and CEO Brian Gal­lagher in a state­ment. “Re­spond­ing to Hur­ri­cane Har­vey re­quires the best of all of us — and that’s what this gift rep­re­sents.”

United Way is the world’s largest pri­vately funded non-profit and an­tic­i­pates Har­vey re­cov­ery ef­forts will take sev­eral years.

The US$1 mil­lion from DiCaprio’s foun­da­tion rep­re­sents the in­au­gu­ral do­na­tion to the fund. It is the lat­est dis­as­ter re­lief sup­port from the Os­car-win­ner’s name­sake foun­da­tion. DiCaprio and his foun­da­tion have pre­vi­ously do­nated to re­cov­ery ef­forts fol­low­ing the 2004 tsunami, the Haiti earth­quake and Hur­ri­cane Sandy.

“We hope oth­ers will step up and sup­port the United Way and other or­ga­ni­za­tions,” foun­da­tion CEO Terry Tam­mi­nen said in the press re­lease.

Many celebri­ties have pulled out their pock­et­books to help Har­vey vic­tims in re­cent days in­clud­ing San­dra Bul­lock, who on Tues­day do­nated US$1 mil­lion to the Amer­i­can Red Cross.

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