Covid-19 Relief Funds

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Corey Taylor raised over $150,000 for Direct Relief's Covid-19 efforts

Corey Taylor, vocalist of Slipknot and Stone Sour, raised over $150,000 for the Covid-19 response effort of humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief. Taylor auctioned off 13 of his guitars and basses, including a Gold Top Gibson Classic Les Paul and a gold metallic Gibson Memphis Dave Grohl DG-335, on eBay for a total of $75,000. eBay matched the raised sum, bringing the donation to $150,000.

Business • Economy
Thieves stole £10,000 worth of donations from CovAid-19 depot

The depot of CovAid-19 on Swan Street has been ransacked by thieves, stealing approx. £10,000 worth of donations, including supplies and essential items, aimed to be distributed to vulnerable people in the Greater Manchester area. “They have been particular about what they have taken - it seems to be stuff they can sell on again", so Tim Heatley, chair of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
REFORM Alliance is donating 10 million surgical masks to jails and prisons

Jay-Z and Meek Mill's organisation REFORM Alliance is donating and sending out 10 million surgical masks and other protective equipment to jails and prisons across the United States. This comes after a $10 million donation of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who pledge $1 billion to Covid-19 relief funds.

Regional News • Americas • United States
IRS sent Coronavirus Stimulus Payments to Dead People

Family members of deceased US residents are reporting that their dead relatives had received the Coronavirus relief fund payments from the IRS. The $1,200 stimulus payments were deposited into the dead people's bank account, well after the family had informed the authorities of their loved one's passing. As of now, there are conflicting statements whether the families can keep the payments.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Tribeca and YouTube team up for "We Are One" virtual global film festival
We Are One: Global Film Festival Logo
We Are One: Global Film Festival Logo Credit: YouTube,Tribeca/We Are One: Global Film Festival

Tribeca and YouTube have teamed up to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival taking place from May 29 to June 7. The free event will be hosted on YouTube and feature films, documentaries, shorts and others from the top film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Venice. Major film festivals were forced to cancel their events due to Covid-19. We Are One will be ad-free but viewers will be asked to donate to Covid-19 relief funds.

State of Michigan launches free condom delivery service
State of Michigan launches free condom delivery service

The Michigan state health department has started a free condom by mail program during the Covid-19 crisis. The department has previously distributed condoms directly to government buildings and bars where they were handed out for free. Orders can be placed via email and will be shipped for free. According to Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman of the state's health department, "each recipient will receive 10 condoms and 10 packets lubricant in a plain mailer".

Captain Tom made honorary member of England Cricket Team

Captain Tom Moore, the British WWII veteran who has so far raised over 30 million pounds for health care workers by walking laps in his garden, was made an honorary member of England's Cricket Team on his 100th birthday. Michael Vaughan, former captain of the team, called Captain Tom "the nation's heartbeat".

Greta Thunberg donates $100,000 to UNICEF to support children affected by Covid-19
Greta Thunberg donates $100,000 to UNICEF to support children affected by Covid-19
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Greta Thunberg, 17-year-old Swedish climate activists, donated $100,000 she previously won from a Danish foundation to UNICEF to help support children affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thunberg stated that "like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child rights crisis," and asked people to join her in her effort to "support of UNICEF's vital work to save children's lives, to protect health and continue education".

The Danish NGO Human Act is said to match Thunberg's donation.