On Saturday, global celebrities from all around the world came online on a live video stream to attend ‘The One World: Together At Home’ concert curated by WHO and Global Citizen in association with lady gaga. Those who could not be online, shared their video messages to applaud the efforts of the front liners who are facing and fighting the coronavirus outbreak globally.
Frontline health care workers, grocery store cashiers, municipal workers, police, shelter employees, public transit workers, community volunteers, banking sector, and many others are all keeping the world moving seamlessly during this pandemic. They all are working hard and are risking their lives for us, so that we all could sit and rest back at home.
Priyanka Chopra who is UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, spoke about the challenges faced by the people in refugee camps all over the world. She said, “I have witnessed first hand overcrowded and unlivable conditions in refugee camps.” She also spoke about the necessity of proper sanitation, clean water and healthcare in refugee camps. She also said that hopefully we all will emerge from this situation being more kinder and compassionate.
Shah Rukh Khan spoke about the relation between the population of India and the novel coronavirus. He said, “India is currently facing one of the biggest challenges in her history. With the population of over a billion citizens, the spread of Covid-19 is bound to have a negative impact. Battling this crisis is going to take its toll and this is the time to take action. Right now I am working with a team of people who are working on providing the protective equipment, quarantine centres, food and essentials to patients in hospitals and homes. But, to beat this pandemic, the world has to come together.”
Lady Gaga, who started the event with singing Charlie Chaplin’s uplifting song, Smile, spoke about hope and kindness in her message.”I’m so grateful for the healthcare workers, the medical workers, all the grocery store workers and delivery people, the postal workers, all the other nonprofits that are working so hard. This is really a true love letter to all of you all over the world and I hope a reminder of the kindness that’s occurring right now,” she said.
The event hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon was attended by Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, David Beckham, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, Luis Fonsi, Jennifer Hudson and many others.
Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030.
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