The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) has gifted a promotional song “Sun in the Rain” to support the Majonzi Fund which raises funds to provide small grants to help families and work colleagues, community and faith groups to organise memorial events and supports affected community members to access bereavement counsellors and therapists.
As data shows, BAME communities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, making up some 14% of the UK population, and being impacted at some 35% (Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre, 4 April 2020). The Majonzi Fund is run as a GoFundMe campaign that was started on 21st of April by Patrick Vernon, OBE and the Ubele Initiative and has since raised almost 40k. The proceeds of the song will go to the fund.
Patrick Vernon, OBE said: “This is fantastic that one of the most successful and respected Gospel Choirs in Europe are supporting the fundraising efforts as part of the community response to COVID-19. The Majonzi Fund will provide small grants to help families, work colleagues, community groups organise memorial events for BAME individuals who have died as a result of COVID-19. Having lost a family member to COVID-19, it is important that families and local communities have the support around bereavement counselling and the opportunity to commemorate the life of loved ones’.”
Over the past week members of the choir have taken to social media to share their experiences with COVID-19 and why supporting BAME communities is crucial during these times. The song’s message is a beacon of hope during difficult times like these.
Bazil Meade, MBE, Founder and Director of the London Community Gospel Choir says: “I take great pleasure in joining my Colleagues London Community Gospel Choir being part of the initiative by “The Majonzi Fund” providing help and support to BME families and communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
GoFundMe: Majonzi Fund page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/majonzi-fund-covid19-bereavement-fund
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