The coronavirus pandemic has affected people globally in a massively negative way. Arizona has not been left behind as people in the state have lost their jobs, ended up sick with the coronavirus, and others dying from the virus. Luckily, there have been quite a few celebrities and even Arizona local artists donating for the cause.
Things have become chaotic, and people have been left in a bad state, not knowing when all this will end. The good news is that this pandemic brought people together like never before and enabled others to find ways in which they can help out their communities.
Celebrities started helping out the Navajo Nation with their efforts to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus by spreading awareness of the disease and donating supplies. Currently, it has reported more than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and more than 600 of them live in Arizona.
The Navajo Nation has more than 250,000 members and covers an area of more than 27,000 square miles across northern Arizona, North West New Mexico, and the Southern part of Utah.
Recently, according to the Phoenix news, the Navajo Nation announced weekend curfews going up to 57 hours, and it requires people to remain in their homes, close businesses to help curb the spread of the virus.
Sean Penn, who founded the nonprofit organization known as the Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), visited Arizona on Friday to have a meeting with President Jonathan Nez to help in providing more COVID-19 testing resources.
Sean Penn visited the Nazlini community, which spans 20 miles on the southern part of Chinle, during the food and essential items distribution in Navajo Nation. This is according to a post on Facebook from the pages of Vice President Myron Lizer and Nez.
Penn plans to partner with Nez to help provide testing kits, as well as help with the tracing of contacts. On Twitter, Nez went ahead to thank Sean Penn by writing, “We look forward to working together.”
The CORE nonprofit organization founded by Penn assisted with the distribution of drive-thru testing of COVID-19 in LA, according to a report by the Associated Press. Also, according to reports on the CORE website, they estimate to have helped administer more than 52,000 tests in LA, California, Napa, and Malibu.
Actor Jason Momoa, famously known for his role in the “Game of Thrones” and “Aquaman” sent approximately 20,000 cans of the Mananula Pure Water to Phoenix. This is according to a report by the spokesperson of the Navajo Nation Cassandra Begay, who is also the spokesperson of the Hopi Families Coronavirus Relief Fund.
A Go Fund Me account associated with the relief fund has managed to raise over $874,000. However, it is not clear about the person managing the money, or if it’s even a nonprofit, that is legally registered.
According to reports, there was a shortage of running water in the Navajo Nation. Most households have had to get water from supply points using barrels or bottles. It is estimated that approximately 40 to 50 percent of residents in the Navajo Nation don’t have running water.
Paul Rudd, Taika Waititi and Mark Ruffalo
An initiative that is known as “Protect the Sacred” was started for the youth in Navajo Nation to help them protect the elders of the nation, medicine ways, and language during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main objective of the project is to provide youth with the right information on how to keep their communities and families safe by staying home and protecting the spread of coronavirus. It is pegged on the ethical idea that we have a collective responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
Ruffalo expressed his thoughts on how difficult it must be for young people to stay at home, but he noted that the virus attacks anyone regardless of their age. Therefore, everyone should consider staying at home to be safe.
Three musicians from Tucson launched a Go Fund Me campaign to assist colleagues in coping with the current financial implications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first 24 hours, they managed to raise over $4,000 of the $25,000 goal. Ben Nisbet is the one spearheading the fund.
The main aim of the campaign is to help musicians that are willing to fill out a survey that outlines their needs resulting from their losses. You can find the link to the survey on the Go Fund Me page. According to Nisbet, around 20 people have already taken the survey. This is a great initiative that will come through for a colleague who is in need during these unfortunate times of the coronavirus pandemic.
AZ Local Artists
The AZ hip-hop community has also been negatively affected by the current coronavirus pandemic. However, the community has proven to be quite resilient with new tracks being released by famous hip hop artistes with cautionary information about the virus and how people can stay safe. There are more Arizona local artists donating for the cause, not only in classical music but also in hip-hop as well.
The AZ Local rapper Futuristic recently took to Instagram and social media to announce that with the release of his new album during this global pandemic that he would be doing a giveaway of $1,000 to a random lucky fan. Announcing this shortly after offering a guest feature appearance to any song of any rapper’s choice if they wanted him on a song due to the quarantine situation. After offering help through a lucky giveaway, Futuristic is set to have a great release for his new album titled, “Still On The Rise“.
In efforts to help those who need it the most, Jacey Flames decided a month ago that with the release of his new single titled, “The Upside” he would donate all of the streaming proceeds to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund. Even promising to release a video of him doing so, he did just that. He commented on the decision stating, “I just want to help for the cause as much as I can. Even if it’s not much, I will still put up my own funds to assist those who are suffering from the virus.” The song talks about how to look at the positives in any negative situation and to persevere no matter what you are going through. With “H.O.P.E.” being his main mantra, he plans to do more for the community when it comes to his music.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought a lot of changes and uncertainties. Luckily, people have been able to come together and help one another in various ways, which has been a great experience. It is only through hardships that we can rise up and help the underprivileged, and we can appreciate that the people mentioned above have done a great job for humanity. Their efforts will never go unnoticed. Celebrities, sports stars and even Arizona local artists donating for the cause is quite inspiring and we can all do so as well!