Elton John Has Raised More Than $6 Million To Fight HIV/AIDS In Kenya
Elton John brings in $6 million for Kenya HIV testing.
The British singer-songwriter, Elton John, hosted a star-packed gala to raise money to fight HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
The event which was held on Wednesday raised more than $6 million, though partly thanks to auctions of a luxury car and autographed piano used in the movie 'Rocketman.'
The fundraising event saw the likes of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, The WHO guitarist Pete Townshend, Joan Collins, Taron Egerton, and many more.
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During the event, Elton spoke with with reporters and said, "We’re here for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, our first south of France fundraiser, hopefully, to raise money for people who desperately need it in our fight against HIV and AIDS,” Coldplay frontman Martin took to the stage and performed 'Viva La Vida' while Elton joined him. Following Martin's performance, John performed 'I Am Still Standing' and 'Rocketman.'
While guests bid on auction items, the auction item ranged from a limited-edition Bentley car, a Gucci jacket worn by Egerton in the biopic, and tickets to Elton John's final world tour.
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The party was thrown on Wednesday to support program to provide HIV self-test kits to 400,000 young men in Kenya.
John said, "The thing is for people to get tested, to know their status, not to be ashamed of it. It’s a very treatable disease.”
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John's 'The Elton John AIDS Foundation' has already donated more than $450 million to projects since 1992. The foundation officials said most of the money is raised or comes from annual parties and auctions in LA and New York.