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Linkin Park has talked to Fuse.tv about Music For Relief and its projects and SRS Haiti.
In honor of Chester’s Stevie Ray Vaughan award that he’s getting on May 30th by MusiCares for his active role in the cause I felt it was only appropriate that I made a new layout that was based on Chester’s humanitarian work. The picture I used is from Chester’s visit to Cardon Children’s Medical Center last year and his dog Bruiser who’s actually doing volunteering work at the hospital.
I also made 4 frames to promote the works of Music For Relief, Power The World, MusiCares and finally Cardon’s.
The site is not quite finished though, in the coming days there’s going to be pages with ALL the causes Chester supports or has supported throughout the years.
It’s of great importance that we help anyway we can for not only these causes but for every cause out there, either by donating or promoting and puttng the word out. This is mostly what I wanted to do with this new look.
In related news, Linkin Park’s contest to hang out in the studio and benefit MFR is still running, you can take part here.
Also, Omaze is doing more Linkin Park related contests to benefit Music For Relief, such as to Win a Linkin Park Platinum Plaque given to Mike Shinoda, Minutes to Midnight Signed Poster, Signed Revolution Unseen: Projekt Revolution Art Book and Win 2 VIP tickets to Chester’s Award Acceptance and performance at MusiCares.
Other contests benefting Music For Relief can be found here.
Win the ultimate fan experience by donating to MFR by purchasing entries to the competition. The lucky winner and a friend will fly to L.A and hang out with the band for one hour while they RECORD THEIR NEXT ALBUM. You’ll hear material the band is working on during a session for their next album. Enter by May 30th.
Music For Relief has designed a bracelet which will be sold to help benefit those impacted by hurricane Sandy. The bracelet costs 15$ and all proceeds will support Music For Relief’s effort to help those in need.
We’ve designed a bracelet to benefit families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Click here to purchase.
The bracelet features a black adjustable band with two interlocking circles engraved with “Music For Relief.” 100% of all proceeds from the bracelet will support Music For Relief’s Sandy recovery efforts by implementing long-term programs for children and children’s services and health care in the U.S. and Haiti.
Help the those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and purchase the bracelet here: http://store.musicforrelief.org/store
In other news I have updated the gallery with photos from various shows from Linkin Park’s Australian Tour which ended yesterday in Perth. Pictures from Adelaide are also up for viewing and the updated albums are as follows:
Sydney (Day 2) (68 added)
Melbourne (Day 1) (43 added)
Adelaide (12 in total)
Today on the 27th is the first annual #Giving Tuesday. This day charities organisations, individuals are kicking off the charitable giving season. You can make a donation to either Music For Relief currently helping out families hit by hurricane ‘Sandy’ or Power The World to bring clean energy to families in need.
Today is the first annual #GivingTuesday. We hope you will join us and other charities, businesses, families, and individuals to kick off the charitable giving season.
If you’re looking for other ways to give back for #GivingTuesday, here are 3 things you can do:
- Watch the POWERLESS video
- Sign the pledge for clean energy for all
- Share the POWERLESS video with friends and family today for #GivingTuesday.For #GivingTuesday, we invite you to watch our new video, POWERLESS featuring Linkin Park at powertheworld.org. The video tells the story of energy poverty, after you watch it, share it,and to make a donation to Power the World as a unique holiday gift to friends and family this season. In turn, your gift will provide clean energy solutions for people without access to electricity.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
In celebration of the LPU turning 12 Linkin Park are announcing a way for fans to give unique presents to friends and family this season to provide clean energy solutions for people who have no access to electricity. Their Power the World movement is taking its next step to attract donations from all over the world for their unique cause. Read how it works from the official press release.
LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Nov 20, 2012) – Just in time for #GivingTuesday (November 27), Linkin Park, together with Music for Relief and the United Nations Foundation to support the work of the United Nations, are announcing a way for fans to give a unique holiday gift to friends and family this season to provide clean energy solutions for people who have no access to electricity.
Here’s how it works. You can give a solar light, solar power for hospitals in health clinics, or Power the World’s latest clean energy tool, the SOCCKET, which is a soccer ball that is also a portable generator at powertheworld.org. You make a donation on behalf of a loved one, they get an e-card, and someone without electricity gets the safe, clean energy they need to improve their quality of life.
Linkin Park established Power the World in support of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. Building on previous Power the World efforts to bring solar lights to homes in Haiti and solar power to health clinics in Uganda, the Grammy-Award winning band has launched a new campaign to combat energy poverty by bringing the first eco-friendly portable generator housed in a soccer ball to Latin America.
Energy poverty is the lack of access to modern energy services such as electricity and cooking facilities that do not cause air pollution. One in five people globally lacks access to electricity and three billion rely on highly polluting solid fuels such as wood, coal or charcoal for cooking. At 2012 World Economic Forum energy poverty was named one of the worst forms of poverty because it undermines all aspects of development. This holiday season, Power the World is offering several ways to give gifts that help alleviate energy poverty.
To bring clean energy to areas suffering from energy poverty in Latin America, Linkin Park, through their non-profit organization Music for Relief, is working with Uncharted Play, a social enterprise that designs and manufactures the SOCCKET. Designed to amplify existing play behavior, the SOCCKET provides a healthy energy alternative by improving access to lighting and electricity. With just thirty minutes of play a household has access to three hours of light.
You can also make a donation to benefit families affected by Hurricane Sandy this holiday at Musicforrelief.org. Music for Relief is encouraging supporters to kick off the giving season on November 27th for #GivingTuesday, a movement to celebrate giving, and establish a day of giving right after the Thanksgiving holiday and nationally recognized shopping days that follow. This first-of-its-kind effort, launching on November 27, 2012, will harness the collective power of a blend of partners, including charities, families, businesses and individuals, to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.
Linkin Park’s official fan club, Linkin Park Underground, launches its 12th year on November 15, 2012. Linkin Park Underground has always been more of a community, rather than just a fan club. Membership to LPU allows fans into the Linkin Park world with access to the completely redesigned LPUnderground.com, meet and greets, exclusive pre-sales, special events and early entry into Linkin Park shows.
“I don’t think of the LPU as a fan club. I think of it as a community,” says Linkin Park bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell. “Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of members of the LPU all over the world, and one thing continues to impress me. It’s not how open, friendly, and giving you are with us, but rather, with each other.”
This year’s membership package includes a t-shirt, water bottle, carabiner key chain, guitar pick, laminate and lanyard plus a $5 credit to the LPU store (http://lpunderground.com/store). Each year, Linkin Park Underground also releases a new CD to members only, filled with never before released demos chosen by the band members. For a limited time only, fans can purchase the CD for only $1 when they join Linkin Park Underground. As an added bonus, all fans who join LPU between November 15 and December 1 will be entered into a contest for a chance to win 2 tickets and a meet and greet to a future Linkin Park show of their choice. For more information on, go to www.LPUnderground.com
Music For Relief is auctioning off the chance to meet Linkin Park at select, upcoming European shows this summer. Tickets are included. Bid now HERE.
Music For Relief has uploaded a video of Chester asking us to go sign the pledge to support sustainable Energy for All as part of the Power the World campaign.
Phoenix spoke to National Geographic’s blog called “The Great Energy Challenge” about the “Power The World” initiative, Linkin Park’s pledge through Music For Relief and what they hope to have achieved by this time next year.
More than two years after the 2010 earthquake that left Haiti in rubble and displaced 2.3 million people, recovery has been slow in coming. Hundreds of thousands are still living in camps such as Corail-Cesselesse, a relocation area set up in the aftermath of the quake. And the cholera outbreak that has taken nearly 7,000 lives on top of more than 300,000 lost in the quake itself continues to cause suffering.
Aside from the quake, dependence on charcoal for cooking has continued to cause deforestation and health problems Haiti, prompting the U.S. Agency for International Development’s announcement today that it would support a $7.2 million project meant to bolster the market for cleaner cookstoves.
The dearth of reliable, sustainable cooking options in Haiti is just part of the overall energy access problem in a country where fewer than one third of the residents have any electricity at all, and where outages are frequent. Haiti, like many other countries around the world, suffers from a crippling lack of power.
Not many bands are better suited to bring that message to a broad public than Linkin Park. With more than 38 million Facebook fans, more than 700,000 followers on Twitter and a listener base that has steadily expanded since the band’s debut album Hybrid Theory was released in 2000, Linkin Park has threaded its philanthropic mission throughout its website, social media and viavideo messages on YouTube.
Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, the band’s bassist, answered questions about the initiative via e-mail.
Tell us about the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The band pledged support for it last December. What will the band be doing?
Linkin Park and Music for Relief have launched Power the World in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Year of Sustainable Energy for All in 2012. We chose Haiti for our first Power the World project because the country faces severe energy poverty. There are 34 million people in the Western Hemisphere who have no access to modern energy; 8 million of them are in Haiti. To help, you can go to www.powertheworld.org to make a $10 donation and [our aid organization] Music for Relief will provide a solar-powered light bulb for a family in Haiti without access to energy.
What led to your interest in energy poverty? Have you done anything like this before?
I traveled to Haiti in April of 2011 to see firsthand how Music for Relief has helped the recovery effort. I visited Camp Corail and saw solar-powered lights, which MFR helped fund with the UN Foundation to help keep women and children safe. When the Secretary- General announced the energy initiative for 2012, I knew it was something we should be a part of.
Getting people interested in issues like energy poverty can be challenging. How do you plan to do it?
It’s definitely a tough issue to communicate fluidly and succinctly. In addition to our normal online channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) we are going to be creating some video components to help relay the magnitude and importance of sustainable energy for the future. We are also working in conjunction with the UN to create other projects throughout the year.
What has the response been like from fans (and maybe non-fans)?
So far the response has been very positive, but we are just getting started. I hope momentum continues to build through the year to facilitate a very strong interest in the issues of energy poverty.
There are so many issues related to energy. What stands out to you as being particularly pressing?
Fewer than 25 percent of households in Haiti are connected to electricity grids. That means 75 percent of households are lit using kerosene lamps, candles. In addition to being dangerous, this is also far more expensive than electricity. With sustainable energy, neighborhoods are safer at night, medical services can be more effective, and children can study and play after the sun goes down. Our solar light bulb is hopefully a small first step towards a far better quality of life for millions of Haitians.
How far do you think social media can go in creating change?
As has been seen in 2011, social media can be revolutionary. The potential social media has to create change is just starting to be tapped.
What do you hope to have achieved by this time next year?
Power the World is a pledge to help one million families gain access to clean energy solutions. That’s the goal, and with the help of music fans everywhere, we hope to achieve it. Once again, you can help by going to www.powertheworld.org. Make a $10 donation and Music for Relief will provide a solar powered light bulb for a family in Haiti without access to energy.
A video of Chester talking to the Tour Link Conference has popped up on YouTube. We had no information of Chester attending, I’m on a quest to find more though. Meanwhile check the video out.