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Chobani CEO leads Turkey, Syria earthquake relief, asks other CEOs to step up
Fire erupts at the port in Iskenderun, Turkey following the earthquake
A fire that has broken out at a port in southern Turkey following an earthquake there Monday. (Credit: @AFKaratay/LOCAL NEWS X/TMX)
Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya has already donated millions of dollars to help his home country rebuild after two harrowing earthquakes devastated the region, killing tens of thousands of people.
The Turkish executive is also imploring other companies to leverage their expertise and finances to find ways to help countless victims "rebuild their lives" after the 7.8 magnitude quake and a magnitude 7.5 quake struck parts of southern Turkey and northern Syria earlier this month.
Ulukaya has been leading fundraising efforts, alongside Sierra Nevada Corporation owners Eren and Fatih Ozmen, for the Turkish Philanthropy Funds, which is supporting droves of non-profit groups on the ground in the Middle East as the death toll climbs.
The money donated to the organization will go to groups "directly involved in all the affected cities to help victims recover from the devastating effects of the earthquake and rebuilding efforts," according to its website.
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The group has already surpassed its goal of raising $10 million dollars, $2 million of which came from Ulukaya.
The chief executive was not only born in eastern Turkey, but he lived through the Erzincan earthquake that struck the area in 1992.
"When you're exposed to a tragedy like this, you always live with it," he said.