British music stars Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran, US basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and other celebrities will donate personal items to a campaign to support public health in Ukraine that started on Saturday.
Seven months after the war in Russia, the WHO Foundation — an independent organization working to raise funds to support the UN health agency’s work to address global health crises — has launched the Human Kind e-store, in where fans can try to win donated items from their favorite stars.
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Funds raised will be used to support WHO’s operations in war-ravaged Ukraine and neighboring countries, the foundation said, adding that it aims to raise $53.7 million.
Harry Styles donated a signed vinyl, while Shaquille O’Neal, Ukrainian footballer Vitaliy Mykolenko and other sports legends donated autographed shirts and jerseys.
Wladimir Klitschko, a former heavyweight boxing champion and brother of the mayor of Kiev, has donated a boxing glove.
The star-studded cast also includes British singer Ellie Goulding and American artist Shepard Fairey.
British pop legend Annie Lennox, who donated an iconic pair of sunglasses, said images from Ukraine including women giving birth in basements were “deeply shocking”.
“I encourage everyone to do everything in their power to support the people of Ukraine during this crisis,” she said in the foundation’s statement, insisting that “health care is a human right to which everyone deserves access.” “
Raffle tickets for the items range from $5.40 to $10.90 on the humankind.who.foundation website from September 24 to October 24, with winners scheduled to be drawn on October 31, the foundation said With.
“Seven months after this tragic war, people across the country are in ever greater need of medical care,” foundation chief Anil Soni said in the statement.
“We must address the immediate and long-term health needs of those affected.”
Since Moscow invaded its western neighbor on February 24, the WHO has confirmed 550 attacks on Ukraine’s public health system.
More than 5,900 civilians have died and more than 8,600 have been injured, while over 12 million Ukrainian refugees are currently in Europe due to the war, the WHO said.
Around 17.7 million people – more than a third of Ukraine’s population – are now in need of humanitarian aid.
WHO said it has so far helped deliver 1,300 tons of medical supplies to Ukraine, including blood transfusion kits, essential medicines, ambulances, oxygen and surgical equipment.