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Chain Across U.S. Planned : Handhold Against Hunger

October 22, 1985|United Press International

NEW YORK — USA for Africa, the group formed to distribute famine relief funds from the song "We Are the World," announced plans today to link a human chain across the nation to raise up to $100 million to fight hunger in America.

Chairmen of the project are comedian Bill Cosby, singer Kenny Rogers and baseball star Pete Rose.

The stunt will be staged May 25 covering 4,000 miles from the Statue of Liberty to Los Angeles. Organizers said at least 6 million people must sign up to participate to link the chain all at one time at 3 p.m. EDT.

Participants in the human chain must pay a fee of a minimum of $10, from which $50 million to $100 million will be raised.

Other entertainers who have signed up to help include: Harry Belafonte, Richard Dreyfus, Morgan Fairchild, Jane Fonda, Quincy Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Ed McMahon, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Susan Saint James and Tina Turner.

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