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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tech & Business Leaders, Artists & Philanthropists, Start Major GoFundMe To Deliver Personal Protective Equipment To Hospitals Across the Country
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, business and tech leaders, artists, and philanthropists launched the Frontline Responders Fund, a major GoFundMe campaign raising funds to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline responders in our hospitals.
There's a shortage of masks, gowns, gloves and other critical supplies in hospitals. In order to help meet this need, Former Gov. California Arnold Schwarzenegger, GoFundMe Chairman Rob Solomon, filmmaker Edward Norton, investor and philanthropist Ron Conway, and Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen launched a GoFundMe to deliver these supplies to protect frontline responders.
"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," said Arnold Schwarzenegger. "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."
"Flexport is at the point of intersection for companies to move critical supplies from the factory and get them to frontline responders. Hospitals and medical centers tell us where we need to surge resources," said Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen. "We're working with every major trucking company, airline, medical supplier and everyone in between to get these supplies to where they need to go."
"One of the most important things we can do right now is protect our frontline responders. We need to protect them so they can protect us," said GoFundMe Chairman Rob Solomon. "We encourage everyone across the country to take action, join the fight, and donate to the Frontline Responders Fund."
"Like many other people, some of my closest friends are among the ranks of heroic doctors, nurses and other hospital staff currently risking their own personal health and that of their families as they try to get people through it and home safely. All of us are feeling deep anxiety about the widely reported shortage of critical safety gear for these hospital teams and so many of us have been looking for a way to contribute," said filmmaker Edward Norton. "This is a real way to make a difference fast. We can't wait on someone else to solve this problem. We can pull together and make a big dent in this part of the problem so let's do it."
The Frontline Responders Fund has received support from numerous business and tech leaders including Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, Paul Graham, Chris & Crystal English Sacca, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel and other critical partners.
Our hospitals need additional supplies. Fortunately, masks, gowns and equipment are cheap. Unfortunately, transporting them isn't free. Big companies have stepped up and have made large contributions to provide these goods and Flexport is committed to getting them where they need to go. To view the GoFundMe, please visit: www.gofundme.com/f/frontlinerespondersfund
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