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Sean Penn’s Relief Organisation has Administered Over 1.2 Million Free COVID-19 Tests

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

(Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com;@coreresponse/Instagram)

Sean Penn and his relief organisation CORE have now administered over 1.2 million free COVID-19 tests across America.

The Hollywood star and humanitarian, who co-founded the non-profit with CEO Ann Lee in 2010 after the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, has been working with local governments and community organisations to run the free testing sites.

They’re set up in about 40 locations across America including Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York and Navaho Nation and they not only focus on testing essential workers but also people living in high-risk and low-income communities.

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)

And there’s no slowing the CORE team down.

Earlier this year, the organisation received a generous 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.

“We haven’t gotten any money from governments,” Sean tells Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert Podcast.

“The money we’ve gotten were from very few private sector groups and individuals and without Dorsey there would be no CORE.”

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

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