Channing Tatum Retires From Stripping and Focuses on Saving Lives
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Recently, we all found out Channing Tatum?’s deepest, darkest secrets revealed during an AMA — from his admittance that his acting was horrible in Step Up? to his love for Pinterest. (Yes, he seriously has a Pinterest board, and it’s magical.)
But, did you know he spent time in Ecuador? It’s true, and for quite the cause: to help build two state-of-the-art medical facilities (one in Peru and one in Ecuador) as part of the #PlantMed Campaign, which he’s spearheading. The facilities would help raise awareness of the plants and medicines found in the Amazon — all of which could be used to help treat serious illnesses and diseases.
Sponsored by Runa Foundation, a social enterprise and nonprofit arm of the beverage company Runa, #PlantMed campaign’s goal is to raise $1 million for the two clinics. These clinics aim to unlock the healing power of the Amazon.
Tatum’s involvement stems from his love for the product. “Runa gives me sustained energy,” he says, “and fuels me to do all the things I love to do.”
Tatum spent time with the Sápara tribe in Ecuador — a dwindling tribe with only 575 people left. It was here where Tatum witnessed firsthand how the “rainforest is essentially a living pharmacy,” he says. It was here in Ecuador where Tatum realized why creating the aforementioned facilities is so important.