As a legacy of one of the greatest rock of a century, Queen is a British rock band formed in 1971. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury , Brian May , Roger Taylor, and John Deacon . They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame and 3 of their songs were also inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame and their songs have made strong influence on musicians worldwide over generations.
On 23rd November 1991, Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen announced to the world that he had AIDS and the next day he died at age of 45. A year after, a tribute ‘Bohemian Rhapsody /These Are The Days Of Our Lives’ was re-released as a single to raise funds which paved the way for setting up the Mercury Phoenix Trust(MPT) co-founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of the rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer.
Over the decades, the Mercury Phoenix Trust has reached millions in the fight against HIV/AIDS worldwide, providing $17M to over 1K projects in 56 countries. The MPT predominantly funds smaller organisations at grassroots level, where governments, larger NGOs and markets don’t often reach. With an estimated 36.9 millions people living with HIV/AIDS and 1.8M more becoming newly infected with HIV in 2017 alone, the battle is far from over.
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