The WHO Foundation is launching the “Human Kind” online store on Saturday where fans can enter to win the personal items of these celebrities.
From British pop star Ed Sheeran to basketball legend Shaquille O’Nealcelebrities have agreed to offer some of their personal items online to raise funds in support of WHO in Ukraine.
Seven months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the WHO Foundation, an organization that supports the organization’s efforts to address the world’s most pressing health challenges, on Saturday launched the “Human Kind” online store where fans can try to win the personal items of these celebrities.
Goal $53.7 million
The funds raised will support the work of the WHO in Ukraine and neighboring countries, said in a statement the foundation, which hopes to raise 53.7 million dollars (55.3 million euros).
In addition to Ed Sheeran and Shaquille O’Neal, other artists and athletes support this action, including British singer Ellie Goulding, pop megastar Harry Styles, artist Shepard Fairey and boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, whose older brother, Vitali, is the mayor of kyiv.
Famous British singer Annie Lennox, who donated a pair of her signature sunglasses, encouraged “everyone to do what they can to support the Ukrainian people”.
“The images coming out of Ukraine, including those of women giving birth in basements, are deeply shocking. Health care is a human right that everyone deserves,” she said, in the communicated.
More than 12 million refugees
Interested persons are called upon to make donations online at the website “humankind.who.foundation” from September 24 to October 24, and the winners will be drawn on October 31.
“Seven months into this tragic war, people are increasingly in need of emergency medical care across the country. We must meet the immediate and long-term health needs of those affected,” the official said. director general of the WHO foundation, Anil Soni, in the press release.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his troops to storm Ukraine on February 24, the WHO has been able to verify 550 attacks against the health system.
According to the organization, more than 12 million refugees have fled to countries in Europe and more than a third of the Ukrainian population (17.7 million people) needs humanitarian aid. WHO has so far delivered 1,300 tons of medical supplies to Ukraine.