Elton John and the Elton John AIDS Foundation have announced the launch of a $1M COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
In a video announcing the fund, the veteran singer/pianist explained,
“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. 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 to prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities. We must keep up momentum, or else the results could be disastrous for people living with HIV and other infections diseases. We are with you, we are thinking of you, we will not leave anyone behind.”
Watch the initiative announcement from John below.
Elton John Announces Elton John AIDS Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Elton John has remained busy as the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to shut down concerts and live events worldwide. Last week, John hosted Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, which featured recorded-at-home performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Camila Cabello, Dave Grohl, H.E.R., and Sam Smith, as well as pre-recorded messages from celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, Ken Jeong, Melissa McCarthy, and more. The special raised more than $10M in donations for Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation. The special will air again on FOX today, Monday, April 6th at 9:00 p.m. ET.