Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Ozzy Osbourne and other musical stars have joined the ‘End The Silence’ campaign that was launched by Hope and Homes for Children. They aim at finding aid for 120,000 children in Ugandan and Rwandan orphanages.
Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Mark Ronson, Emeli Sande and more had already previously made exclusive videos on YouTube, where they shared their most precious childhood songs and memories as part of the campaign.
Now, more new videos have been shared: Ozzy Osbourne, Noel Gallagher, Duran Duran, Royal Blood, Hozier, Bastille, Rudimental, Anne-Marie, Damon Albarn, The Script and Bastille have all contributed to the campaign.
Hope and Homes for Children are seeking to raise £1.5 million by December 27. Every pound donated before said date will be doubled by the UK Government.
Mark Waddington, CEO of Hope and Homes for Children, stated: “When a baby in an orphanage cries and nobody comes to comfort them, they learn not to cry. By internalising their pain, they suffer lifelong mental and physical damage. Deprived of love, life, and hope, these children grow up in silence. They never hear laughter or music. These children will never experience the love and protection only a family can offer. The idea of a childhood of silence and neglect in an orphanage – without love, family and music – is unacceptable. By joining the world’s top musicians in sharing your most precious childhood musical memory, you can help us to end the silence.”
Princess Eugenie joined stars from across the world of music and has recalled her mother singing to her during car journeys. The Queen’s granddaughter said her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, would offer a rendition of The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer” when they were on long trips because she used to get very sick in the car.
Damon Albarn recalled Terry Jacks’s “Seasons In The Sun” while Ozzy Osbourne said The Beatles song “She Loves You” inspired him to become a musician. “That song changed my life… When that song came on, I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life”- Osbourne said:
Noel Gallagher remembered his first record as Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize”. He said: “I would have been six or seven years old sitting watching Top Of The Pops. It was a major thing in British culture, a Thursday night, you get paid on the Friday, you buy the seven inch to dance to on the Saturday, it’s perfect… reminds me of where Oasis got their sound from, pretty much.”
The campaign’s goal is creating the world’s largest online musical memory time capsule before Christmas while raising money to help find families for 120,000 children who are suffering silence and neglect in Ugandan and Rwandan orphanages.
To donate go to http://www.endthesilence.com or to share your own musical memory follow #EndTheSilence.
Article by Valentina Guidi.