When was the last time you went to a restaurant? For some people, it’s been weeks and even months since they were able to sit down in their favorite eatery and support their local businesses. Because of this, it should come as no surprise to learn that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating effect on the restaurant business. As someone who has worked in this sector for much of his career, Guy Fieri has now vowed to make a difference – and he’s now raised over $22 million for restaurant workers.
Shutting Up Shop
In light of everything going on at the moment, many restaurants have made the difficult decision to close up shop. They have put their businesses and livelihoods on hold, and it’s not known when they will be able to open up their doors once again. This means that many restaurant workers are going without their steady paychecks – leaving many of them struggling to pay their bills.
A Huge Celebrity Name
For Guy Fieri, this is just too much to handle. This celebrity chef has spent much of his life working in restaurants, from serving tables to washing the dishes and making the food, and he knows just how much hard work goes into running these places. He has noted that these workers are the “heartbeat of their communities” and need to be supported during this crisis. Because of this, he decided to create the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.
Thanks to his contacts within the celebrity and food world, Fieri has encouraged huge companies like Uber Eats, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and many more to contribute towards this fund. So far, he has raised over $22 million, which is enough to provide over 40,000 restaurant workers across the US with $500 grants – and this is just set to increase.
We knew Guy Fieri was awesome, but this proves it even more.
Dementia Patient Conducts Symphony Orchestra at Age 81
The human brain is a complex organ. It stores everything we go through, from our life experiences to our skills, our preferences, all the things that form our personality and our existence are stored in our brains alone as memories. With age, this complex structure often begins to deteriorate. The memories become harder to recall, we start forgetting things and our brain functions become weaker and slower with each passing day.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s are mental disorders that can lead to many painful experiences. More so when you see your own friends or family members suffer from it. But there are some who do not let even such problems bring them down. Paul Harvey, an 81-year-old orchestra conductor, is one such person. Last September, Harvey’s son Nick recorded a video of his father playing one of his compositions on the piano and posted it on Twitter. He suffers from Dementia too and wanted to show the world that even this mental disorder could not take music away from his father. The octogenarian garnered appreciation and love from millions of people on the internet.
Defying All Odds
Paul defied the diagnosis and proved that music truly does reach places even words or actions cannot. He put his music out in the world in the form of a single recorded by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The funds raised by the proceeds of this single will be going to the Alzheimer’s Society and Music for Dementia. The campaign is to make music available for free to patients who suffer from conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
A Special Performance
To mark the day since his video went viral, he was also invited to conduct the BBC Philharmonic orchestra and given a chance to play two of his compositions at their studio, located in Salford. It is truly a heart-warming story.