Elton John AIDS Foundation Supports World AIDS Day And COVID-19 Relief

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The Elton John AIDS Foundation will present a live special featuring appearances by the philanthropic singer/songwriter and guests on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

The special will air on John’s TikTok channel at 7 p.m. GMT (2 p.m. EST). It will be hosted by British actor Reggie Yates and feature John, his filmmaking husband David Furnish, TikTok stars and celebrity guests. There will be performances by recording artist Rina Sawayama, BRIT Critics’ Choice winner Sam Fender and Academy and Grammy Award-winning artist Sam Smith.

The goal is to reach millions of people globally to help raise awareness and deepen understanding to try and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

“I’m excited to recognise World AIDS Day with TikTok and my Foundation this year to celebrate progress that we’ve made and mark what we can do collectively to end the AIDS epidemic,” John says on the foundation’s website.

“HIV may seem a disease of the past, especially with COVID-19 in the headlines but it still affects everyone. We all need to care about HIV and end the discrimination around this disease. There’s a great line-up for our TikTok Live to break down the myths around HIV, talk about safe sex and ensure that young people know how to protect themselves and others.”

Prior to the World AIDS Day special, the foundation and TikTok also teamed up on an HIV/AIDS education and awareness quiz to test users’ knowledge of the disease and help educate them about prevention and their own sexual health.

The foundation was established in 1992 and is one of the leading independent AIDS grant-making organizations in the world. It creates partnerships and announces opportunities for funding while monitoring and evaluating the impact of all its projects with grantees.

This year the foundation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by partnering with Frontline AIDS and creating an emergency fund to support frontline workers and protect the people it serves through HIV care, treatment and prevention.

The COVID-19 emergency fund awarded grants totalling more than U.S.$1 million to 43 organizations to mitigate the adverse effects of the pandemic on HIV response efforts for key population communities around the world. Funding went to replacing face-to-face services with online provision, buying personal protective equipment, providing vital supplies and enabling continued access to harm reduction services, food and shelter.

Frontline AIDS was founded in 1993 and is a global partnership of nationally based governmental and non-governmental organizations which support community organizations that promote HIV and AIDS issues in developing countries.

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