NEW YORK — The first planeload of food, medicine and clothing bought with royalties from the hit song "We Are the World" left New York today for the famine-stricken people of Ethiopia and Sudan.
Marlon Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson, accompanied the relief supplies on a flight that originated in Los Angeles.
Among those at Kennedy Airport to see the shipment off was Diana Ross. "We made music," Ross said. "Now we're talking about saving lives and spreading love."
The plane will make its next stop in Brussels, where singer Harry Belafonte, a vice president of the USA for Africa foundation, will board the flight for the trip to Africa.
The foundation has so far raised $45 million from sales of "We Are the World," recorded by 45 of the country's most famous singers.