How You Can Help Taika Waititi Raise Funds for COVID Relief With ‘Waititi and Friends’


Acclaimed filmmaker Taika Waititi leads a star-studded cast including Ryan Reynolds, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, brothers Chris and Liam Hemsworth, and more in an enchanting read-along.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) is supporting Partners In Health (PIH), a non-profit organization that assists in providing medical care to the most vulnerable communities, and is bringing some of his famous friends to join him in a delightful and classic read-along.

In an effort to raise money for PIH, Waititi, along with the Roald Dahl Story Company, is headlining a ten-part charity series wherein he reads Dahl’s classic and timeless children’s book, James and the Giant Peach. PIH aims to provide vulnerable communities across the globe with medical treatment, especially those most susceptible to COVID-19. The organization’s ultimate goal is to purchase 100,000 rapid and contact COVID-19 tests, sending them to the vulnerable areas across the globe. Each test costs $5, meaning a donation of $20 can provide four tests to people in need. You can learn more about Partners In Health here. The Roald Dahl Story Company has pledged to match up to a million dollars donated to the organization.


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Partners In Health is thrilled to announce that Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor @taikawaititi will lead a line-up of global stars in a multi-week retelling of the @roald_dahl classic James and the Giant Peach, benefitting PIH’s global work and response to #COVID19.⁠ ⁠ In the 10-episode series, Taika will lead viewers through the beloved children’s story with help from friends including @vancityreynolds, @mindykaling, @lupitanyongo and @caradelevingne.⁠ ⁠ The first two episodes are now available on the Roald Dahl YouTube channel, featuring Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, @nickkroll, @chrishemsworth and @liamhemsworth. New episodes will be released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1 p.m. EDT.⁠ ⁠ Viewers are encouraged to donate. The Roald Dahl Story Company has committed to matching the first $1 million donated and has a history of supporting PIH’s work. PIH Co-Founder Ophelia Dahl is the daughter of Roald Dahl, who was among PIH’s first supporters.⁠ ⁠ Watch James and the Giant Peach, with Taika and Friends: (link in bio)

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Head on over to to catch all ten episodes. You can also view the episodes on YouTube