Appearances by Elton John and Kelly Clarkson helped Los Angeles TV station KTLA raise more than $700,000 (£567,700) for Covid-19 relief.
Kelly, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox, CeeLo Green and others were among the stars who sang during KTLA’s Lead with Love: Project Angel Food Emergency Telethon telethon on Saturday, for the city’s Project Angel Food charity.
As of Monday, their performances, as well as a fundraising message from Elton and his husband David Furnish, had raised $702,000 (£569,300), with donations still open.
“We have always worked to make sure the most vulnerable people in the world are protected and cared for with love and compassion,” Elton said in a message to fans during the telethon, according to Billboard.”We have supported Project Angel Food through the (Elton John AIDS) foundation before, and we are proud to support ‘Lead With Love. For those watching from home, Project Angel Food needs your help urgently to keep doing what they do: serve others.”
The 72-year-old superstar said in a statement: “This tough decision has been made with the safety and well-being of his fans put to the fore, at a time when health services are under increased pressure and with the concern that these gatherings risk accelerating the spread of the Coronavirus [COVID-19].
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. pic.twitter.com/g4wh9dnd3d
— Elton John (@eltonofficial)
The fund has been made available by his nonprofit organisation the Elton John Aids Foundation, and currently open to applications.
“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 marginalised communities.”
They say they are seeking “solutions that have strong potential to address specific challenges that have arisen for people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS and who are now at heightened risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”