Elton John Launches $1 Million COVID-19 Emergency Fund
By Katrina Nattress
April 5, 2020
Elton John has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund through his Elton John AIDS Foundation to help ensure HIV care during these trying times. Over the weekend, the pop legend revealed the news via a video on Twitter.
"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 captioned the clip.
“The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic. For almost 30 years, we have prioritized people around the world who are most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and those most likely to be left behind as HIV treatment and care expands,” the foundation said in a statement.
“Today, those people become extra vulnerable because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are launching a new COVID-19 Emergency Fund that can protect the people we have always sought to serve through HIV care, treatment and prevention, as well as mitigating the damage that COVID-19 can do, particularly to the global gains we are making for more than 37 million people already living with HIV.”
Watch Sir Elton's announcement below.
Last weekend, the piano icon hosted the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, which raised $10 million for coronavirus relief. Aside from emceeing the memorable event, he also gave a surprise performance of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me."
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