Having international star power is an incredible thing, especially when it can be put to use in a time of need.
Music superstar Lady Gaga used her star power to help raise over $35 million to benefit the World Health Organization (WHO).
Lady Gaga has helped raise over $35 million to benefit the World Health Organization – plus a new virtual concert is coming. A WHO media briefing confirmed the contribution, saying it will go toward buying PPE supplies and testing kits. The organization also praised Gaga for her efforts.
“We have said consistently that we are all in this together, and we can only succeed together,” states Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebryesus. “We need an all-of-society approach with everyone playing their part. This effort includes people in the entertainment industry.”
Gaga will also perform a virtual concert on April 18th at 8 pm EST, spearheaded by Global Citizen. The festival will include other entertainment celebrities like Billie Eilish, Elton John, Lizzo, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, and Steve Wonder. The virtual concert isn’t a fundraiser, but a celebration of the titanic effort in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
“My heart is very, very, achy and warm for those who are ER doctors and nurses who are sleeping in cars to make sure they don’t infect their families or their patients,” Gaga says in a statement. “What you’re doing is putting yourselves in harm’s way to help the world, and we all salute you, and you are a triumph, truly.”
Lady Gaga also offered prayers to people who have been infected with the virus or lost their livelihood. She says the virtual concert will be a way to highlight the “gravity of this historic, unprecedented, cultural movement.”
“When we do air live on April 18th,” Gaga adds, “put your wallet away, put anything away that you need to. Sit back and enjoy the show that you all very much deserve.”