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Cash to concerts: Eight ways celebrities are helping the vulnerable during coronavirus

Sonia Elks


London, United Kingdom  /  Sun, April 19, 2020  /  10:09 am
Cash to concerts: Eight ways celebrities are helping the vulnerable during coronavirus

US singer Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood' at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on July 22, 2019. (AFP/Valerie Macon)

Famous faces are stepping up to help the world's most vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from donating cash to more quirky offers of support.

From walk-on film parts to vegan burger drop-offs, here are eight ways that celebrities are working to support those struggling to cope with COVID-19.

1. Pop singer Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation has joined forces with Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $6.2 million to 11 organizations including some helping victims of domestic abuse and homeless or trafficked youth affected by the coronavirus lockdowns.

2. Film director Martin Scorsese is offering a walk-on part in a film featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro for the winner of a raffle held as part of the "All In Challenge" raising millions to feed vulnerable groups during the crisis.

3. Rapper Snoop Dogg has sent vegan Beyond Meat burgers to a Los Angeles hospice. Model Karlie Kloss and comedian Kevin Hart are also among the brand's ambassadors and supporters backing its pledge to donate more than a million burgers.

4. DJ Fatboy Slim will show his praise for healthcare workers by hosting a free club night in Britain for thousands of medical staff and other front-line responders so they can dance away their stresses.


Recently, friends of mine who work in the @nhswebsite asked me to send a video message to thank and cheer on the frontline troops and in it I, (half) jokingly said, we should all have a big party together when this is all over. As so many people responded to the comment, I thought, ‘why not?’ By the time life returns to normal we will all want to celebrate together and, I would like to do my bit to reward and thank everyone who has been holding our lives together in these most difficult of times. So I extend an invitation to all NHS doctors, nurses, support workers, porters and cleaners plus all blue light staff, ambulance, police and fire service (and importantly to their plus ones) to let their hair down with me and dance off the cobwebs to rejoice in the end of this emergency. The gig will take place on Wednesday October 28th 2020 at The Brighton Centre Tickets will be available at 7pm on Friday 17th April from here: #FatboySlim #NHS #Brighton #ProtectTheNHS

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Read also: COVID-19: Artists, celebrities raise billions to fight pandemic

5. Pop star Britney Spears has been hailed an unexpected campaigner for workers and the vulnerable after sharing a post on social media which called for re-distribution of wealth to help others.


Communion goes beyond walls 🌹🌹🌹

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6. Country music star Dolly Parton is hoping to help find a cure for the coronavirus, donating $1 million towards medical research after hearing of "exciting developments" in the field.

7. Pop star Lady Gaga is curating a star-studded "One World: Together At Home" concert together with the Global Citizen group on April 18 to raise funds for healthcare workers responding to the global coronavirus outbreak.

8. U2 musician and veteran campaigner Bono has made a diplomatic intervention by writing to South Korea's president Moon Jae-in asking him to help Ireland as it battles with shortages of medical supplies.

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