In the wake of the earthquakes in Nepal, actor Josh Duhamel is hastily preparing a 2K run/walk that will be held in Santa Monica Sunday May 17th to benefit the survivors
After a second shocking 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck 52 miles (83km) east of Kathmandu, close to Mount Everest last night, leaving many dead and missing in the rubble, Duhamel felt a call to action.
Duhamel is known for his charitable work as well as block buster movies and TV shows. He already spear headed two hugely successful runs in the past and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for similar tragedies in Haiti and Japan, joined by his wife Fergie, Molly Simms, the GLEE cast and many other kind-hearted friends.
This time around he has partnered with the charity This Time Foundation and the funds are going to be used to send much-needed doctors to Nepal and help rebuild schools.
The number of lives lost in the first quake has heartbreakingly surpassed 8000 in casualties and many still remain missing. The more recent quake left as many as 66 people dead and over 1100 people injured. Both estimates are expected to climb as hard-hit rural villages contact officials.
The quake has caused landslides, and residents are already worried and preparing for the upcoming monsoon season from June to September, which in all likelihood could bring more.
Families are sleeping in tents, rubble and in pipes outside as they are terrified that there may be aftershocks causing more loss of life. Aid is desperately needed to help these poor people.
“They (Nepalese people) are a kind people, gentle in spirit. But at this moment, hundreds of thousands injured people in Nepal need your kindness,” Duhamel said on a recent PSA for Nepal. “Help us send the doctors and medical supplies to stop the suffering. And show them we’re with them in spirit.”
To help Nepal and join Josh, go to ThisTimeFoundation.org to register or register on the day at Santa Monica Beach, Lot#1, 2600 Barnard Way.
All ages are welcome, the walk/run is only 1 mile to the Santa Monica Pier, but it only takes a few steps to go a long long way to help the people of Nepal.