Metallica‘s All Without Our Hands charity foundation has donated more than $250,000 to victims of the magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes that struck Southern Turkey and Northern Syria area. Unfortunately, because of these earthquakes on February 6th, 2023, killed more than 43,000 people.
Metallica posted a tweet series about the donations:
“We are at a loss for words to describe the devastation in southern Turkey and northern Syria. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has reduced the entire region to rubble. The death toll continues to rise, tragically exceeding 36,000 lives lost. Two of @AWMHFoundation’s partner organizations, @DirectRelief & @WCKitchen, have boots on the ground providing medical aid & food to the victims of this disaster. #AWMH is providing $125k to each organization to support their efforts.”
We’re at a loss for words to describe the devastation in southern Turkey and northern Syria. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has reduced the entire region to rubble. The death toll continues to rise, tragically exceeding 36,000 lives lost… (1/3) pic.twitter.com/baxRXFiNUf
— Metallica (@Metallica) February 14, 2023
Here is the full press statement:
“On February 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria, followed mere hours later by a 7.5 earthquake. As the window closes on rescue efforts following the devastating earthquakes and aftershocks, the region is left with entire towns and cities reduced to piles of concrete. The human toll is devastating, as more than 36,000 people have been killed; tragically, that number is expected to rise in the coming days. And the estimated financial damage exceeds $84 billion in Turkey alone.
All Within My Hands is contributing $125,000 in grants to Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen to assist in funding much-needed medical aid and meals. AWMH has strong, established partnerships with these organizations, and we remain committed to supporting both because of their ability to reach the source of destruction and provide aid to the affected communities and individuals. Direct Relief and WCK have had boots on the ground providing hands-on relief since the day after the quakes hit.
Direct Relief is actively responding to the crisis through its network of regional healthcare partners. The organization is fulfilling requests for medical supplies – with over 22 tons already allocated – such as emergency medical packs, antibiotics, cardiovascular medicines, analgesics, personal hygiene kits, oral rehydration salts, acetaminophen, prenatal vitamins, and more. Mobilizing these urgent deliveries follows the organization’s immediate response of providing financial support for search and rescue efforts to AKUT (Turkish Search & Rescue Team).
World Central Kitchen activated its meal distribution channels within hours of the news breaking, with founder José Andrés personally delivering sandwiches to a shelter. The organization set up a large-scale response that establishes and utilizes its own kitchens. While it is unable to use the local culinary infrastructure, WCK is providing support by funding local businesses directly and employing local chefs. The organization is currently distributing over 125,000 meals per day, totaling over 600,000 meals within one week.”
Metallica also raised $3 million on the December 16th, 2022, Helping Hands concert in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater.
About Metallica’s AWMH
Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation is dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services.
The Foundation aims to assist and enrich the lives of members of the communities who have supported the band for years, as well as encourage participation from fans and friends. All funds raised will be donated to a cross-section of national and local charities… every penny from your donations will go directly to our charity partners. The Foundation’s expenses, which are very low to begin with, are all paid for by the band and the other members of its Board of Directors.
If you want to help people affected by earthquakes. You can visit AHBAP as the official NGO here.