Elton John announces $1 million fund to support the vulnerable during COVID-19 crisis

A string of celebrities are donating to help the fight against coronavirus, they are a shining example of what wealthy celebrities should be doing during this critical time.

Now singing star Elton John has announced a $1 million coronavirus emergency relief fund through his Aids Foundation.

“Today, I’m proud to announce that my Foundation @EJAF is launching a $1million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to make sure that our frontline partners can respond to the effects of COVID-19 on HIV care for the most marginalised communities around the world,” he wrote in a Twitter post.

“For almost 30 years, my foundation has prioritized the most vulnerable people to HIV to end the AIDS epidemic, and we’re committed to this during the COVID-19 crisis, too.

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“Distributing medicines, testing and preventive treatment is not as simple as it was a few weeks ago. So, our new COVID-19 emergency fund will help frontline partners prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities,” he said in a video posted to his Twitter account.

Elton John has already helped raise $8 million for coronavirus relief after hosting a Living Room Concert for America, featuring Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, and Alicia Keys.

“We must keep up momentum or else the results could be disastrous for people living with HIV and other infectious diseases. We’re with you, we’re thinking of you and we will not leave anyone behind,” he said in the video.

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He’s also set to star in a COVID-19 charity special performance called One World: Together at Home due to air online on April 18, alongside Billy Eilish and Paul McCartney.

Celebrities, gathered by Lady Gaga, also include Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, John Legend and Lizzo.

Global Citizen, which is organizing the event alongside the World Health Organization said: “As we honor and support the heroic efforts of community health workers, One World: Together at Home aims to serve as a source of unity and encouragement in the global fight to end COVID-19.

“Through music, entertainment and impact, the global live-cast will celebrate those who risk their own health to safeguard everyone else’s.”

Musical celebrities coming together to raise much-needed funds seems so apt as it’s music that is helping to lift our spirits during this difficult time.

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