Picture: Call to Unite via YouTube.
Picture: Call to Unite via YouTube.

Call to Unite: Oprah, Julia Roberts to lead 24-hour global livestream

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Apr 30, 2020

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Los Angeles - Oprah Winfrey, Julia

Roberts, Deepak Chopra and former US President George W Bush

are among some 200 cultural and spiritual leaders taking part in

a 24-hour livestream this weekend aimed at unity during the

coronavirus pandemic.

"The Call to Unite", starting on Friday at 8pm ET

(which is 2am on Saturday in South Africa) and streamed globally on Facebook, YouTube,

Twitter and other social media platforms, hopes to support

people who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus or who feel

isolated, depressed or overwhelmed.

Classical musician Yo-Yo Ma, rapper Charlamagne tha God, the

African Children's Choir, lifestyle guru Marie Kondo and

American pastor Rick Warren are also among those who will offer

prayers, songs and inspirational messages, organisers said.

"As much as it may feel like it, no one is alone in this

moment," the organisers said in a statement, inviting people

around the world to "join millions in solidarity over 24

powerful hours".

The livestream, one of several remotely produced events

aimed at bringing people together during the pandemic, is

organised by Tim Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics, founded in 1968, provides year-round

sports training for people with intellectual disabilities, but

its programs have been put on hold due to the coronavirus.

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Reuters

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