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Social Media Movement Effectively Raises Over $1MM For Somalia Famine

When used correctly, social media can be a powerful tool to reach thousands of people at any given moment. Put a little celebrity power behind that and you can do a lot of good.

That was the idea behind the celeb-driven, “Love Army For Somalia,” which wanted to literally fill up a Turkish Airline plane with food and water, and immediately deliver it to aid people affected by the Somalian famine.

This movement actually all started with the Twitter hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, as Vine and Snapchat star Jerome Jarre urged his following to help aid Somalia in their time of crippling famine. In his video, he passionately talked about the people of Somalia losing their means of water, food, and livestock:

From there, social media activist Chakabars Clarke got involved, along with YouTube celebrity Casey Neistat who posted a video entitled, “We have 10 days to get a Million Dollar$,” as he let his following of 6.7 million YouTubers know that there are over 6 million Somalians currently affected by the terrible drought, and need help.

The reason they wanted to team with Turkish Airlines is because it is the only airline that flies into Somalia. Fortunately, Turkish Airlines immediately showed their support for the movement, saying they were ready to go:

Then the big guns came in, as actor Ben Stiller, yes, the guy from Meet The Parents, offered his Stiller Foundation as a vessel to raise the money, as they all vowed total transparency with the money, and that the food would directly help the people of Somalia.

After it was all set up, the help began to pour in from over 68,000 people, even celebrities such as Calvin Harris, NFL player/activist Colin Kaepernick, and countless YouTube personalities, as the GoFundMe campaign reached over $1 million in less than a day.

As of this writing, the campaign is three days old, with over $1.8 million raised, and will continue until March 27, as they support continues to rain down.

As Stiller said in his video, everyone needs help. Although it’s hard to focus on everyone who needs help, this is a vast movement with legs on it, and being a part of it could directly help millions in need.

If this is something you think you want to support, you have some time. Look into it, if it’s for you, this looks like it could be something really special.

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The Top 6 Airlines Serving Proper, Edible Food

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Everyone loves to complain about how awful airplane food is — inedible, greasy, and an embarrassment to meals on land. But, we’ve managed to find six airlines that actually bring gourmet goodness to 30,000ft. Rather than show you glossy images from plane PRs, we’ve sourced real, honest-to-goodness shots of what’s on offer, so loosen that belt buckle and enjoy:

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6. Etihad Airways

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The Abu Dhabi-based airline recruited for its “Flying Chef” program at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Their goal is to offer the service and standard of food you’d experience at a five-star restaurant, in first class. Didn’t score first class seats for this (or any) flight? Etihad’s fairly equal opportunity — meals in coach still deliver when it comes to both taste and selection.

North American gateways: Chicago, Washington DC, New York, and Toronto.

Photo: Sarah_Ackerman

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5. Cathay Pacific

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As one of the first and few airlines to carry in-house skillets, toasters, rice cookers, and steam ovens, travelers wake up to made-to-order fresh toast, organic scrambled eggs, and espresso or cappuccino. Even premium economy passengers are served with metal cutlery, and get Häagen-Dazs for dessert. Still hungry in the back? Everyone’s entitled to unlimited Cup Noodles throughout the flight.

North American gateways: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Photo: Sarah_Ackerman

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4. Singapore Airlines

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This bird’s known for catering meals to each of its specific destinations — experience Hong Kong-style noodles and braised beef short ribs in Chinese wine when you’re headed that-a-way, a traditional Japanese tea service if Tokyo-bound, an incredible thali en route to Delhi, and so on. They put experts in charge — two-time James Beard award winner Suzanne Goin, Michelin three-star restaurant owner and head chef Georges Blanc, and local celebrity Singaporean chef Sam Leong — just to name a few.

North American gateways: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and New York.

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3. Emirates

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Flying first class? Don’t plan on getting any sleep in that fancy lie-flat bed of yours. There’s no time — seven-course meals must be had! If money is an object, and all of yours would fit into your carry-on, don’t fret — dinner in economy starts with slices of smoked tuna served with marinated vegetable salad, followed by a lamb brochette, accompanied by broccoli, roasted baby corn, and steamed rice. Top it off with sticky date pudding, cheese and biscuits, brandy, and chocolate.

North American gateways: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Toronto, Washington DC, New York, and Boston.

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2. Air France

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Thibaut Ruggeri, winner of the Bocuse d’Or 2013, and general, all-around fancy-sounding chef, is the man behind Air France’s onboard menus. But don’t get too comfy, Thi-bo — the carrier chooses a new, world-famous chef to recreate their entire raft of meal options every eight months. Frequent (French) Fliers, no need to fear repetition; whatever the route, the meal program is swapped out for another one every ten days.

North American gateways: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto.

Photo: Takato Marui

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1. Turkish Airlines

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Once again numero uno for ‘best food and beverage’ at this year’s Passenger Choice Awards, Turkish takes the delight and brings it up a notch come meal time. As passengers board, they’re greeted by the flight’s chef (complete in whites and silly hat), as if they’re walking into a restaurant. Go local and opt for appetizers like stuffed eggplant marinated in olive oil, followed by grilled beef with creamy eggplant. M’kay, time to eat.

North American gateways: Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, New York, and Boston.

Photo: Jun Sieta

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