Maui: Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson launch recovery fund



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Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have announced the launch of a recovery fund for people who lost their homes in the wildfires on Maui. video It was shared on Instagram on Thursday.

Together, the two stars donated $10 million to start the campaign and are calling on the public to help the effort.

“We’ve created the Maui People’s Fund that will put money directly into the hands of people who need it right now,” Winfrey said, explaining that adults who lost their primary homes in the Lahaina and Kula fires are eligible for $1,200 annually. Month. This includes both homeowners and renters.

Winfrey said the idea for the fund came about because of an article she read about Dolly Parton helping her community.

“It’s a direct command from you straight into their hands and right away with some real speed,” Johnson added.

The money will be distributed “every month for as long as our community members continue to need it and for as long as the money lasts,” according to the fund’s policy. website Where people can donate and apply for assistance. “The people of Maui must decide what recovery looks like for themselves, their families, and their community,” the website reads.

“For people to be able to have their own agency, to be able to make decisions for themselves about what they need and what their families need – that’s our goal, and that’s getting that out to people now,” Winfrey said in her video message.

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