Award-winning actress Danielle Cormack is no stranger to putting her name to good causes. This time she has her feet on the ground for Childfund NZ in drought-ravaged East Africa.
“I’m in Kenya, heading to Turkana where the worst of the drought is. Famine has been declared and it’s the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, so we are trying to raise as much money and awareness around that as possible,” Cormack, 46, told Spy before she reached Turkana, which is out of mobile device range.
Humanitarian agencies say 350,000 children, pregnant women and new mothers are acutely malnourished. The hunger rate is above 30 per cent — double the emergency threshold — in three of Kenya’s northern counties.
Cormack continued: “Kenya is experiencing some of the worst drought in decades. In fact, in some counties it has hit crisis level and has now been declared a national disaster, an emergency. Hundreds of thousands are undernourished or dying because of civil war and changing weather patterns that affect their crops and livestock.”
The former Wentworth star is trying to cut through the mainstream media noise and connect people through her social media and celebrity pull.
“I’m asking people to please join me in raising more awareness and support for those who are in desperate need at this time.
“There is no time to regenerate crops and recover from the last drought, resilience is low, food is scarce so prices inflate, a tough cycle. People here are doing everything they can to feed their families but it is impossible to survive without water, a very simple need that a lot of us take for granted.
“As a mother, humanitarian and member of the global community, I cannot stand by and watch this happen. We need your support!”