Dwayne Johnson gives the ‘Largest Donation Ever’ to Keep the Striking Doctors and Writers Going

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Dwayne Johnson, known for his generosity and kind-heartedness, once again proved himself to be a great guy by making a record-breaking donation to SAG-AFTRA, the union representing actors and writers in the entertainment industry.

When the strike was announced two weeks ago, SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance and executive director Cyd Wilson knew they needed substantial financial support for their 160,000 members during the work stoppage. They reached out to the union’s highest-earning actors, outlining the critical need for assistance.

Wilson explained, “We rely on donations and grants to provide services. We have been fortunate to raise enough money to cover all our programs. But when we hit a crisis like this and need to spend millions in financial assistance, we need our high-profile talent who can afford it to step up and help others.”

In response to their plea, Dwayne Johnson’s team swiftly offered to help, and he and Vance had a heartwarming phone call. Vance shared, “It was a love fest. He’s stepping up in a way that allows others to understand the dire necessity of it. This is him saying, ‘In such a time as this, I’m here and I’m not going anywhere. Whatever you need me to do.’ It sends a huge message to others to do the same.”

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation provides grants of up to $1,500 per individual member and up to $6,000 in emergency situations. With Johnson’s seven-figure donation, thousands of fellow actors will directly receive much-needed assistance.

Wilson expressed gratitude, stating, “It’s the largest single donation we’ve ever received from one individual at one time. That one check will help thousands of actors keep food on their table, keep their kids safe, and keep their cars running. He’s very humble about this, but it’s a way to get us started.”

The strike, announced by SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher on July 14, aims to demand better pay for actors and writers in the era of streaming. Many entertainment industry professionals have come forward, revealing the declining pay rates since the rise of streaming services and their determination to work until better conditions are guaranteed.

With Dwayne Johnson’s monumental contribution, the union’s members feel supported and empowered during this critical time. His selflessness and commitment serve as an inspiration to others in the industry to unite and stand tall for their rights and fair compensation.

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