• Actor releases YouTube video message on behalf of Spain’s RAIS foundation
• Asks whoever elected Dec. 20th not to forget Spain’s 40,000 homeless people
Hollywood actor Richard Gere has jumped into Spain’s general election fray on behalf of the homeless.
Gere, who recently visited Spain for the premier of his movie “Time Out of Mind,” in which he plays a homeless man named George who wanders the streets of New York, has released a video in support of the work with homeless of the RAIS foundation in which he urges the next Spanish prime minister not to forget the plight of Spain’s homeless once the new PM takes office.
“Hola, hi I’m Richard Gere. On 20 December 2015, there is a person in Spain who will earn the right to live in the most important house in this country for at least four years. It would be truly wonderful if, when he enters the house in La Moncloa, that he won’t forget the 40,000 homeless people in Spain.”
Spain’s Fundación RAIS is a 15-year old not-for-profit organization that works with homeless people in the autonomous communities of Madrid, Valencia, Catalonia, Murcia and the Basque Country. Richard Gere reportedly was introduced to and encouraged to support the foundation by his Spanish fiancée, Alejandra Silva.