Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s fundraising for Ukraine hits £13.7m
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s fundraising for Ukraine has already reached an impressive £13.7 million ($18 million).
The Ukrainian-born Hollywood actress and her husband launched the GoFundMe page to raise money for local charities just five days ago.
Mila, 38, and Ashton, 44, have set a goal of £22.9m ($30m), explaining on the page that all money raised will be donated to Flexport.org and Airbnb.org — and they’ll match $3 million. of it themselves.
Companies help Ukrainian civilians hit by horrific attacks by Russian forces.
Informing fans when the target reached halfway two days ago, the couple posted: “UPDATE!! 15m (£11.4m). We are halfway through our goal. Thanks for the support!”
They also added a link to the GoFundMe page.
“We just wanted to give you a quick update on where we are with fundraising. We’re halfway there. We’re super excited, and we want to say thank you to each and every one of you. It’s been these past 48 incredible hours,” they said in a video.
According to the United Nations, more than two million people have fled Ukraine, with the majority fleeing to Poland.
Others are also fleeing to Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Belarus.
Since Mila and Ashton shared the update, they’ve raised an additional £2.3million.
Two separate anonymous accounts donated £1.9m each. Mila and Ashton have donated £2.28million.
US venture capitalist Ron Conway also donated £1.9m.
Mila and Ashton were joined by Flexport creator Ryan Petersen and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky for a discussion on what the money will be spent on.
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Most of the donations will go towards housing and essential expenses for those fleeing the country whose homes have been destroyed.
When their GoFundMe went live, Mila spoke for the first time about the war in the country.
“I was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1983,” she said. “I came to America in 1991. I always thought of myself as an American.”
“A proud American. I love everything this country has done for me and my family. But today I have never been so proud to be Ukrainian.”
Ashton, who starred on That 70s Show alongside Mila, said he had “never been so proud to be married to a Ukrainian woman”.
He also praised the “bravery of the people of the country in which Mila was born”.
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