Harry Styles and other stars raising cash for WHO in Ukraine
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Geneva (AFP) – British music stars Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran, US basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and other celebrities will donate personal items to a campaign launched Saturday to support healthcare in Ukraine.
Seven months into the Russian war, the WHO Foundation — an independent organization that works to support the UN’s health agency’s work in addressing global health crises — launched a “Humankind” e-store where fans can try on items Get a donation. by your favorite celebrities
Funds raised will go to support WHO’s efforts in Ukraine and neighboring war-torn countries, the foundation said, with a goal of raising $53.7 million.
Harry Styles has donated an autographed vinyl, while Shaquille O’Neal, Ukrainian footballer Vitaly Mikulenko and other sports legends have donated autographed shirts and jerseys.
Wladimir Klitschko, former heavyweight boxing champion and brother of Kyiv mayor, donated a boxing glove.
British singer Ellie Goulding and American artist Shepard Fairey also feature in this star-studded cast.
British pop legend Annie Lennox, who donated a pair of iconic sunglasses, said the images from Ukraine, including women giving birth in basements, were “deeply moving”.
“I encourage everyone to do what they can to support the people of Ukraine through this crisis,” he said in a statement from the foundation.
Raffle tickets for the items cost between £5 and £10 ($5.40 to $10.90) on the website mankind.who.foundation from September 24 to October 24, with winners to be drawn on October 31, the foundation said.
“Seven months into this tragic war, people across the country need urgent medical care more than ever,” Foundation President Anil Soni said in the statement.
“We must address the immediate and long-term health needs of those affected.”
Since Moscow attacked its western neighbor on February 24, the WHO has confirmed 550 attacks on healthcare in Ukraine.
The World Health Organization said more than 5,900 civilians have been killed and more than 8,600 injured, while more than 12 million Ukrainian refugees are currently in Europe as a result of the war.
Meanwhile, some 17.7 million people — more than a third of Ukraine’s population — are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The World Health Organization has announced that it has so far helped deliver 1,300 tons of medical equipment to Ukraine, including blood transfusion kits, essential drugs, ambulances, oxygen, and surgical equipment.
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