Love Island star Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has told Sky News she would like to volunteer to help with earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syria.
THE BritishThe Turkish-born TV personality and model also revealed to Sky News presenter Mark Austin that members of his family had been caught up in the disaster.
“It’s honestly so heartbreaking because it’s my heritage, I’m Turkish so I have so many friends and family there,” she said.
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“I have family members who were shaken up. They went out, they slept outside.
“It’s scary because these are people who are close to me.”
So far more than 7,300 people have died across Turkey And Syria following a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake and a series of powerful aftershocks in the region.
Rescuers, including a team of 77 specialists from the UK, are desperately trying to save survivors from the rubble of the collapsed buildings.
Cülcüloğlu, who previously lived and worked in Turkey as an actress, revealed that she had donated money to the rescue effort and participated in a video appeal for the British Red Cross.
Asked if she would consider going with the charity to help out in person, she said: “Yes – any chance I get, I’m here.
“Obviously it’s my home, it’s my second language. Anything I can do, I’m here to support anyone.”
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Urging others to also donate, the 28-year-old added: “A little help from anyone would be great as we need people to save these people who are buried underground.”
Cülcüloğlu, who won Love Island 2022 with boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti, was born in Islington, north London to Turkish parents and lived in Istanbul while starring in Turkish TV shows.
Speaking about her experience, she said: “We still live in Turkey – I lived in Turkey for two years.
“You never know – any movement – we are afraid of the next earthquake.
“I always lived in fear when I lived in Istanbul, but the fact that it hit many cities and affected large parts of Turkey and Syria is so devastating.”