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Dwayne Johnson, Oprah Team Up To Support Maui Wildfire Victims
August 31, 2023
In a heartwarming and generous move, renowned actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has joined forces with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to extend a helping hand to the victims of the recent devastating Maui fire disaster.
The dynamic duo has announced a fund partnership aimed at directly aiding those affected by the tragedy, providing much-needed financial relief and support.
Johnson’s partnership with Winfrey comes after fans pleaded for him to speak up in the wake of the disaster. Fans were surprised when the “Black Adam” star remained silent during the disaster before finally sharing his “heartbroken” state of mind on his Instagram page.
Keep on reading to learn more.
Dwayne Johnson & Oprah Winfrey Announce $10 Million Donation To Aid Maui’s Fire Victims
The Maui fire disaster, which engulfed homes, properties, and natural landscapes, has left countless families and communities grappling with the aftermath of destruction. The disaster’s impact on lives and livelihoods has sparked a nationwide call for assistance, prompting the swift response from Johnson and Winfrey.
In a joint video statement shared by the actor on Twitter, they emphasized the urgency of the situation and their commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of the victims after their “first-hand” assessment of the damage caused.
We’re honored to announce the People’s Fund of Maui, a fund putting money directly in the pockets of those who were affected by the recent wildfires.
They noted that the fund, which they named the “People’s Fund of Maui,” will seek to “put money directly” in the hands of those affected by the disaster, kickstarting it with a whopping sum of $10 million.
“Every adult resident who lives in the affected area and was displaced by the wildfires in Lahaina and Kula is eligible to receive $1200 per month to help them through this period of recovery,” the “Red Notice” actor shared.
Death Toll Soars As Search On Land Is Completed
The devastating fire that engulfed parts of Maui has claimed more lives than initially anticipated, leaving communities heartbroken and searching for answers. The death toll is now placed at 115, with nearly 400 missing or unaccounted for, as officials are now extending their search efforts beyond land, combing the ocean in the hope of finding any survivors or deceased, per ABC News.
In an update shared on the county’s website, it was revealed that the fire, which is still ongoing in several parts of the island, ranges between 85-90% containment rate, as the Maui Fire Department warned that complete extinguishment in upcountry areas may “take an extended period” due to the large expanse of land razed.
Officials say they don’t expect the death toll to rise in the final stages of the search, as 45 of the 115 corpses have been identified. Calls for DNA samples to aid in the identification of the dead bodies have also been made as efforts to return to normalcy continue.
Fans Plead With Dwayne Johnson To Speak Up
Johnson’s partnership with Winfrey comes after several fans of his had to plead for him to speak up in the wake of the disaster, which has already been tagged as the deadliest wildfire in US history. At the time, the actor was seemingly mute over the incident, drawing concern from fans who took to his profile to ask for his support.
“Can you please please please bring awareness to the tragic events on Maui caused by fires?” a fan pleaded. “We need support, positive energy, prayers, money donation, anything! Please use your platform to bring awareness!”
Another fan wrote, “Don’t you have Samoan heritage? Shouldn’t you be speaking about the tragic events in Maui? Show concern and raise awareness, please.”
A fan sympathized with Johnson, noting that he must be in “pain” because his connection to the “Mana” and “Ohana” is much more “immediate.”
Dwayne Johnson Says He’s ‘Heartbroken’ For Maui
After being called out by fans to speak on the tragedy, Johnson finally shared his feelings about the wildfire that has rocked Maui. His words painted a vivid picture of the seriousness of the situation as he voiced his heartbreak over the loss of lives and properties.
“I know that by now all of you around the world have seen the complete destruction and devastation that has hit the ohana islands, our island in Maui,” Johnson said on Instagram. “I’m completely heartbroken, and I know all of you are too.”
The actor proceeded to thank fans for their love, prayers, and concern amid the crisis, pointing out that he has been communicating with organizations on the ground, helping with relief efforts.
“Heartbroken, but our faith and mana is strong. First responders, health care teams, hotels, local businesses, boots on the ground organizations, and all our local heroes, stay strong – we love you and appreciate you,” Johnson said in the post’s caption.