Catch Some of your Favorite Actors as they Narrate Short Stories for Children in STOR14S

Verizon Media and Yahoo!, in cooperation with GEANCO Foundation has officially launched STOR14S, a podcast that features short stories for children narrated by some of the world’s renowned actors. This campaign was established to help raise money for Africa with their fight against coronavirus.

“STOR14S” will feature GEANCO ambassadors Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Thandie Newton (Westworld), and David Oyelowo (Selma), Russel Brand (Arthur), Zoe Saldana (Avatar), and more. All talent fees for the series were donated to GEANCO, with Verizon Media donating commercial inventory for direct display ads to the foundation to raise awareness for the vital work it’s doing across Nigeria along with providing listeners with links to donate to their prevention efforts.

The stories were selected through Yahoo’s writing competition that was held throughout this pandemic. The winning children’s short stories will take listeners on exciting journeys in mysterious bookshops, fictional Africal empires, secret tunnels, and more. It will provide relief through entertainment in this very challenging time.

“Focusing on our mental health has never been more urgent, and we hope ‘STOR14S’ will inspire families during this very difficult time,” said Guru Gowrappan, CEO at Verizon Media. “We are committed to continue to use our platform to drive change, bring stories that should be told to life and amplify awareness for voices and organizations like GEANCO, and their efforts that are making a true difference in people’s lives.”

GEANCO’s relief aid includes donations of necessary health materials like gloves, face masks, disinfectants, etc. to hospitals in Nigeria, especially in the maternity clinics, to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Apart from that, the foundation has also provided tablets preloaded with books and lessons for African childrean that are quarantined in their villages. The foundation is also donating tablets preloaded with hundreds of books to children quarantined in their villages.

“I am really happy to be lending my voice to this creative effort to support GEANCO’s critically important coronavirus initiatives in Nigeria, through the power of storytelling” said David Oyelowo. “I’m also delighted that my friends from the entertainment industry have joined me in bringing attention to a continent that is especially vulnerable to the effects of this pandemic.”

“We are honored to partner with Yahoo and our celebrity supporters on such a fun and compelling podcast series” said Afam Onyema, CEO of GEANCO. “STOR14S will empower us to save more lives and educate more vulnerable children in Nigeria.”

Here’s the full list of narrators and stories:

Jack’s DreamJune 18Benedict Cumberbatch
The Emperor’s DaughterJune 22David Oyelowo
Mr Oviarty’s Mysterious BookshopJune 25Jeff Daniels
The Diary of Primrose Goldie GoldJune 29Megalyn Echikunwoke
The Sunshine CakeJuly 6Aldis Hodge
Aargh! There’s a Monster in my School!July 2Russell Brand
Matty Hides in MidgetonJuly 9Chiwetel Ejiofor
The Dog that would be a PrinceJuly 13Rachel Brosnahan
Flying ColoursJuly 16Edi Gathegi
Polly Tumpkin’s PumpkinJuly 20Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Magic SquirrelsJuly 23Thandie Newton
Being MeanJuly 27Sam Adegoke
The RunawaysJuly 30Zoe Saldana
Dragons Like Shiny ThingsAugust 3Lonnie Chavis

The podcast is available globally on Apple PodcastsSpotify and all other podcasters, and distributed by Acast. To listen to the podcast, just search for STOR14S.

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