Sir Elton John’s midsummer party raises funds to support new HIV programme in Kenya

Taron Egerton in Rocketman
Taron Egerton as Sir Elton John in Rocketman.

Sir Elton John’s star-studded midsummer party in the south of France has raised £4.9 million for the global effort to end Aids including a new programme aiming to provide HIV self-test kits to 400,000 young men in Kenya with the promise of treatment for every HIV-positive test registered.

The gala in Cap d’Antibes on the Cote d’Azur was attended by Sir Elton, his husband David Furnish, Dame Joan Collins and Taron Egerton – who plays Sir Elton in the biopic Rocketman.

A first edition of the new Bentley, a Yamaha piano autographed by Sir Elton and Egerton which was used in the Rocketman film, a Gucci jacket worn by Egerton in the movie and tickets to see Sir Elton’s farewell tour were among the lots in a post-dinner auction.

Speaking at the event, Sir Elton said: “It’s because of the consistent support and kindness of so many people in this room that we are able to commit the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) to real partnerships with world leaders that can a make a future without Aids.”

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