July 9, 2013 21:12

Bon Jovi donate $1 million to victims of Hurricane Sandy

Singer Jon Bon Jovi returns to his hometown to make special donation

Bon Jovi donate $1 million to victims of Hurricane Sandy

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Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi has donated $1 million (£670,00) to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The singer, whose hometown Sayreville was hit by the storm last October, recently returned there to aid those affected by the tragedy, reports the Associated Press.

He told local residents at Sayreville borough hall, where he made the donation to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund alongside Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie: "My being here is not political, it's emotional, I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here," before he recalled visiting the town in the aftermath.

He said: "One thought came to me. What can I do? One of the residents responded, saying, 'Use your voice'."

Ever since then he has gone on to take part in the 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' benefit concert with his band in November – which raised $23 million (£15.5 million) for the Red Cross' relief efforts – alongside Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera and Billy Joel. Bon Jovi later joined a bill that also included Paul McCartney, The Who and Kanye West at the '12-12-12' all-star benefit concert.

The band also recently waived their performance fee for a gig in Spain to help the country's economic crisis.

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