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‘RoboCharity’ Builds Off RoboCop Statue Effort

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Irvin Kershner, right, directs actor Peter Weller in Robocop II. (AP Photo)

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Looks like the online effort over building a RoboCop statue in Detroit has actually had at least one positive result.

Over the past few weeks, several Twitter users banded together to create RoboCharity, with the goal of raising money to help feed the hungry in metro Detroit.

So far, more than $8,000 has been raised, resulting in RoboCop actor Peter Weller recording a PSA supporting Forgotten Harvest and calling for donations to continue the effort.

The video at this link is posted to Forgotten Harvest’s YouTube site, as well as to the comedy site

The campaign was started by Ferndale resident Ryan Meray, the owner of C Tech Solutions, an IT support and consulting company; screenwriter Gary Whitta of San Francisco, who most notably has the post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick “The Book of Eli” among his credits; and Albany, N.Y. comic book writer Ron Marz.

The three men don’t know each other, except for their interaction on Twitter. Whitta and Marz were having a public discussion about the more than $50,000 that was raised for the RoboCop statue in Detroit, and argued that money would be better raised helping a nonprofit in Detroit. Meray then suggested Forgotten Harvest as a beneficiary.

From there, the three began promoting the idea through their networks and connections.

So far, their efforts have helped provide more than 40,000 meals to feed the hungry, and deserves to grow further online.

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