Linkin Park recently lent their support to raising money for the purchase of protective equipment for aid workers who treat Ebola patients in West Africa. The band’s successful fundraising campaign resulted in donations of $13,000. In addition, an anonymous donor generously matched that amount, enabling Linkin Park to provide protective suits and other essential gear to health care workers treating Ebola-infected patients in West Africa through the non-profit organization International Medical Corps, according to LoudWire.
The Ebola Prevention Challenge received support from numerous Linkin Park fans. Those who raised the most funds for the cause were rewarded with various prizes provided by the band members themselves. The top two fundraisers were tied for the grand prize of a VIP flyaway trip to see the band in San Diego, California. Five fundraisers won limited edition LP50 series poster signed by the band. Ten fundraisers won a personal thank you video.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been called the largest outbreak of the disease in history. It also marks the first time there has been an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Linkin Park, Music for Relief and Chideo sought to supply aid workers with protective equipment including full body suits, gloves, masks and goggles. With the cost of a single full body suit at approximately $350, it takes a significant amount of money to outfit workers appropriately. Donations raised through the band’s fundraising efforts will go a long way toward protecting those brave enough to help the victims of this terrifying outbreak.
This isn’t Linkin Park’s first foray into the world of fundraising. The boys in the band began raising money for worthy causes back in 2005 with the creation of Music For Relief, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Even though the Ebola Prevention Challenge is over, the organization is still accepting donations to help outfit Ebola aid workers in West Africa with protective gear.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Linkin Park created a bit of an uproar when the band called out several fellow musicians for sounding like “Disney” music. Most people would not consider CHVRCHES to be “Disney commercial music,” but that didn’t stop Mike Shinoda from making the unflattering comparison. CHVRCHES band member Lauren Mayberry responded to the criticism without resorting to name-calling or insults.
“It’s not an opinion I would worry about hugely,” Mayberry said. “It’s not my kind of music. [Linkin Park has] been on the radio for how long, and I just don’t listen to that radio station. That’s a smarter move than saying something for a tagline.”
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