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 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebryesus says the singer’s approach should be lauded.
“We have said consistently that we are all in this together, and we can only succeed together,” the Director-General said. “We need an all-of-society approach with everyone playing their part. This effort includes people in the entertainment industry.”
Lady Gaga is also partnering with the WHO for a virtual concert at home called “One World Together at Home.”
Global Citizen will spearhead the streamed music festival – coming April 18th at 8 pm EST. That 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 pandemic.
Lady Gaga spoke highly of front line healthcare workers who are fighting the coronavirus.
“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,” she 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.”
The singer also offered prayers to people who have been infected with the virus or lost their livelihood. Lady Gaga 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,” Lady 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.”