Today, Sept. 12, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore released a brief video through the Direct Relief organization's Youtube page concerning the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. In the video, Gore calls for increased support in Direct Relief's efforts to suppress the epidemic, and provides a link through the Depeche Mode website where people can donate to the cause. Gore will personally match each donation himself, up to $50,000.
You can click here to donate to Direct Relief, which is a non-profit organization.
The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa began in late 2013, and has become the largest outbreak of the disease since it was discovered in the 1976. According to the World Health Organization, this outbreak has been responsible for at least 2,200 deaths so far. It has mainly affected the countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, and Liberia, though a separate outbreak has occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa.
Check out Martin Gore's video for Direct Relief right here:
This new video from Martin Gore isn't the first time he or Depeche Mode has called on fans to donate to charity organizations. Earlier this year, the band urged fans to donate to Charity: Water, which provides clean water to people living in poverty around the world. You can visit the Charity: Water website right here if you'd like to donate to them as well.
Depeche Mode's most recent album Delta Machine was released back in March 2013. It was their 13th studio album overall.