On May 22, a terrorist attack after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England sent shock and grief around the globe. The tragedy left 22 people dead and over 100 people injured. But right from the moment that it happened, people were coming together to save lives and lend support. Much of it has served as a reminder that when tragedy does strike, humans rush to help those around them.
One of the best examples of this is the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. This was set up by the British Red Cross to help support the many people who were affected by the attack. People have been able to donate what they could spare to help out. And this Sunday, the fund is about to get a lot money from someone affected deeply by what happened.
Ariana Grande herself.
One Love, many stars
Shortly after the attack, Grande released a statement expressing her sadness and sympathies for the victims of the attack. In it, she said, "We will not quit or operate in fear. We won't let this divide us. We won't let hate win."
Then on Tuesday, May 30, she made a big announcement to back that up. On Sunday, June 4, she would host One Love Manchester, a massive benefit concert at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. On short notice, she has assembled an impressive lineup. It includes Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and many more (as well as some surprise guests, too!). And, of course, Grande will be performing as well.
The music community stands together with love and in solidarity. I am humbled to be a part of this show ❤️🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/7nqYBCJK4P
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 30, 2017
Paying their own way
In order make sure that the event raises as much money as possible for the We Love Manchester Fund, all of the acts are playing for free (they're even covering their own travel for themselves and their crews). Reports have also come out that people such as Manchester United footballer Michael Carrick have worked to help pull off the event.
That's a lot of support for a great cause. And kudos to Ariana for working so quickly to put it all together!