RTP and Antena1 – Show raise funds for Mozambique

Several artists perform at the Capitol Theater in Lisbon on April 2 at a live show hosted by RTP, whose revenues “fully revert to associations providing assistance in Mozambique to the victims of Cyclone Idai.”

Mozambican singer Selma Uamusse “mobilized dozens of artists and human resources, technical and logistics, to perform a show” in 24 hours, on April 2, from 9:00 pm, which is associated with RTP, reads the statement of the promoter.

The “special issue will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on RTP 1 and Antena 1“, with the objective of “raising the maximum possible revenue, to distribute equally among seven associations that are on the ground to provide assistance to the hundreds of thousands of victims, “the statement said.

There are three categories of tickets – spectacle and donation tickets – that will be on sale starting next Monday, and “there will be a value-added line created especially for this purpose and a call centre for people outside Portugal or who want to contribute with a higher value, can contribute.

The seven beneficiary associations are the International Medical Assistance Foundation (AMI), Cáritas Portuguesa, Portuguese Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, HELPO Association, the Girl Move Foundation, and ACRAS – Christian Association for Reinsertion and Social Support.

The ZDB cultural association in Lisbon also announced today a solidarity initiative with the population of Mozambique, to be held on Sunday, which mobilizes around 60 musicians and artists including Selma Uamusse, B. Fachada, Gisela João, Lula Pena and Ricardo Toscano, with Pedro Sousa and Gabriel Ferrandini, Wasted Rita, Alice Geirinhas, Hugo Canoilas, António Poppe, Igor Jesus, Xavier Almeida, Joana Hintze, Filipe Sambado, Jasmine, First Lady.

The solidarity initiative will take place on Sunday afternoon on the terrace of the ZDB, and aims to raise funds and donations that will be delivered to the United Group by Beira, whose work “has shown to be significant in minimizing the effects of the catastrophe,” said the cultural association.

On Thursday, musician Joao Gil, together with the Portuguese Red Cross, also launched the challenge to hold the “biggest concert in the world” on the internet for fundraising.

The provisional assessment of the passage of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi has increased to 603 today, with a further 51 deaths on the Mozambican side confirmed.

Maputo authorities have already confirmed the record of 293 deaths, 1,511 injured and 344,000 people affected.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it is preparing to address probable outbreaks of cholera and other infectious diseases as well as measles in large areas of Southeast Africa affected by Cyclone Idai, particularly in Mozambique.

The cyclone affected at least 2.8 million people in the three African countries and the submerged area in Mozambique is about 1,300 square kilometres, according to estimates by international organizations.

The city of Beira, in the coastal centre of Mozambique, was one of the worst hit by the cyclone on the night of March 14.

More than a week after the storm, thousands of people are still waiting for relief in areas hit by winds over 170 kilometres per hour, heavy rains and floods that have left a trail of destruction in towns, villages and agricultural fields.

Portugal is one of the countries that sent technicians and aid to Mozambique, with two Air Force C-130s and two commercial aeroplanes chartered by the Government and the Portuguese Red Cross.

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