The star-studded virtual event “One World: Together at Home” concluded over the weekend with a moving rendition of “The Prayer,” put together by Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga, John Legend and the original singers of “The Prayer,” Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, delivered a four-part harmony accompanied by renowned pianist Lang Lang. The song, which became a hit 21 years ago, ended Saturday’s concert special with a message of faith and hope.
The event, which was broadcast on numerous networks and streaming platforms, was held to raise funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. It came days after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. is halting funding of the WHO as it reviews the organization’s “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has been leading the fight against the new coronavirus as the leader of the WHO, has come under criticism, with reports claiming that he helped China downplay the extent of the disease and mishandled the outbreak initially.
Despite controversy surrounding the WHO, the concert raised $127 million in commitments, according to Global Citizen, which helped organize the concert. Funds are being directed to the WHO as well as the vaccine development alliance Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, UNICEF, and over 100 local and regional charities, including Education Cannot Wait, Direct Care, Feeding America and United Way.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Charity Gibson