Sir Elton John Wows the Senate
April 12, 2002
Sir Elton John, famous musician and founder and chairperson of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, spoke before the Senate Health, Education and Labor and Pensions Committee on Thursday at the invitation of its chair, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). "This is the government of the richest nation in history," John said, "and I'm here asking you for more money to stop the worst epidemic in history." Recalling his sadness 12 years ago while watching the young hemophiliac Ryan White succumb to AIDS, John spoke of the work of his foundation, which has contributed $35 million to AIDS programs in 55 nations. The foundation's hospice in Soweto is the only one in a township with a quarter million people with HIV. "But, Mr. Chairman, our hospice in South Africa has eight beds, and the nation has more than 4 million people infected with HIV," John said. "The people on the front lines of this disease need reinforcements, and they need them now."Adapted from:
04.12.02; Steve Sternberg
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