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Sean Penn’s Relief Organisation Tests More Than 630,000 People for COVID-19

(Photos: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com and @coreresponse/Instagram)

(Photos: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com and @coreresponse/Instagram)

When crisis hits, Sean Penn and his relief organisation CORE are always there lending a helping hand.

The Hollywood star and humanitarian, who co-founded the non-profit with CEO Ann Lee in 2010 after the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, is now doing what he can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the U.S.

Working with local governments and community organisations. CORE has been operating free COVID-19 testing sites in approximately 40 locations across America including Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York and Navaho Nation. The sites not only focus on testing essential workers but also people living in high-risk and low-income communities.

To date, they’ve administered over 630,000 tests – over half a million of those were in Los Angeles alone.

In an interview with Tina Johnk Chrsitensen for the GoldenGlobes.comPenn explains that he isn’t just organising the operation behind the scenes, he’s also out on the field:

“My day starts at 5.30am, checking in with nationwide teams, coordinating with mayors and drinking a lot of coffee,” he explains.

“Some days it’s a morning pep talk and a thank you to volunteers. Other days I’m delivering Dunkin’ Donuts, checking in with training and procurement centres, coordinating with local authorities.”

And some days it’s delivering pizzas with celebrity pal Dane Cook:

Sean Penn and Dane Cook deliver pizzas to CORE volunteers (Photo courtesy CORE)

Sean Penn and Dane Cook deliver pizzas to CORE volunteers (Photo courtesy CORE)

Sean Penn and Dane Cook after a day of testing thousands of people for COVID-19 in Los Angeles (Photo courtesy CORE)

Sean Penn and Dane Cook after a day of testing thousands of people for COVID-19 in Los Angeles (Photo courtesy CORE)

And there’s no slowing the CORE team down.

The organisation recently received a US$20 million donation from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s #startsmall fund to help continue their amazing work – that’s on top of a US$10 million donation Dorsey made to the non-profit in May as well.

To learn more about Senn Penn’s amazing work, head to www.coreresponse.org

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