Lady Gaga helps raise Ksh.3 billion in 7 days towards fight against coronavirus

Multiple award-winning American singer Lady Gaga has helped raise at least $35 Million (approximately Ksh. 3.7 billion) in the past 7 days towards efforts in combating the spread of Covid-19.

The funds will go to Global Citizen as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) to aid in their fight against the novel coronavirus.

The ‘Stupid Love’ hitmaker, in partnership with the two organizations, has since also launched an online concert dubbed ‘One World: Together at Home’ to create worldwide awareness for the disease.

The TV special, which will air on Saturday April 18, will also express solidarity with the numerous health professionals at the front-line in defeating the disease across various countries.

‘One World: Together at Home’ will be hosted by late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert and will feature other global superstars including Burna Boy, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Billie Eilish, Idris and Sabrina Elba.

J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder will also make appearances and performances.

The special, according to a press release, will feature interviews with experts from WHO as well as stories from healthcare workers on the front lines of the global pandemic.

“We want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented cultural movement… and we want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit. ‘Put your wallets away … and sit back and enjoy the show you all deserve,” Gaga told American press on Monday.

Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, on his part, said: “Through music, entertainment and impact, the global live-cast will celebrate those who risk their own health to safeguard everyone else’s.”

The multi-hour TV special will stream live on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more platforms.

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