British music stars Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran, American basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and other celebrities will donate personal items for a campaign launched on Saturday to support healthcare in Ukraine.
Seven months after the start of the war in Russia, the WHO Foundation – an independent organization that strives to raise funds to support the work of the United Nations health agency in the face of global health crises – launched the store in “Human Kind” line, where fans can enter to win items donated by their favorite celebrities.
Funds raised will be used to support WHO’s work in war-torn Ukraine and neighboring countries, the foundation said, adding that it aims to raise $53.7 million.
Harry Styles donated signed vinyl, while Shaquille O’Neal, Ukrainian footballer Vitaliy Mykolenko and other sports legends donated signed jerseys and jerseys.
Wladimir Klitschko, former heavyweight boxing champion and brother of Kyiv’s mayor, donated a boxing glove.
The star-studded line-up also includes British singer Ellie Goulding and American artist Shepard Fairey.
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 shocking”.
“I encourage everyone to do what they can to support the people of Ukraine through this crisis,” she said in the foundation’s statement, insisting that “health care is a human right. to which all deserve to have access”.
Raffle tickets for the items cost between £5 and £10 ($5.40 and $10.90) on the humankind.who.foundation website from September 24 to October 24, with winners to be drawn on October 31, said the foundation.
“Seven months after the start of this tragic war, people across the country are increasingly in need of emergency medical care,” foundation chief Anil Soni said in the statement. “We need to address the immediate and long-term health needs of those affected.”
Since Moscow invaded its western neighbor on February 24, the WHO has verified 550 attacks on health care in Ukraine.
More than 5,900 civilians have died and more than 8,600 have been injured, while more than 12 million Ukrainian refugees are currently in Europe due to war, the WHO said.
Meanwhile, some 17.7 million people – more than a third of Ukraine’s population – are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The WHO said it had so far helped deliver 1,300 metric tons of medical supplies to Ukraine, including blood transfusion kits, essential drugs, ambulances, oxygen and surgical equipment. .
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