AGENCIES, Los Angeles: Hold Up singer Beyoncé has lent her helping hand by pledging a donation of $6 million in lieu of the coronavirus pandemic, primarily for mental health and other efforts like providing food, supplies, medicines, face masks and hygiene material.
The popstar joined hands with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s relief fund #startsmall to make the donation to the National Alliance in Mental Health, University of California Los Angeles. The money will also go to help local community-based organisations who work in similar circles.
“Communities of colour are suffering by epic proportions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many families live in underserved areas with homes that make it harder to practice social distancing. Communities that were already lacking funds for education, health and housing are now faced with alarming infection rates and fatalities. And these communities lack access to testing and equitable healthcare,” she said in an official statement, reports The Guardian.
BeyGOOD, an organisation run by her, released a statement on her official website, divulging its rationale supporting mental-health efforts. It read, “Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD recognizes the immense mental and personal health burdens being placed on essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In our major cities, African-Americans comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these indispensable occupations, and they will need mental health support and personal wellness care, including testing and medical services, food supplies and food deliveries, both during and after the crisis.”