Jamaican doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic will receive millions of dollars towards medical resources thanks to an online telethon by some of the region’s biggest celebrities.
“They are going to be the ones on the frontline leading the race,” Haitian music star Wyclef Jean said during a six-hour telethon, part of a campaign dubbed “Together We Stand”.
The telethon, broadcast around the world, underscored the hardships ahead not only for smaller countries like Jamaica but bigger ones like the United States, which is still battling the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The event featured some of Jamaica’s most popular celebrities, including Usain Bolt and musicians Sean Kingston, Sean Paul, Shaggy, and Ziggy, Damian and Stephen Marley, the Grammy award-winning sons of the late Bob Marley. The event also featured Sting and Gloria Estefan. Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressed the populace too.
“Please donate to support your healthcare workers, who are fighting this amazingly courageous fight against COVID-19,” Sting said in a pre-recorded video. “Stay at home and donate.”
Sunday night's unified message for Jamaicans echoed one that authorities began pushing weeks ago in the US, as US hospitals, police departments and other first responders scrambled to secure enough masks and other gear to protect themselves.