21st of July sees War Child launch its Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder. This six-week campaign aims to raise £300,000 to support children whose lives have been torn apart by war. Already living in some of the most dangerous places in the world, children now face a danger as deadly as the bombs and bullets they have survived. With schools shut and families pushed further into poverty by lockdown and recession, children living in conflict zones are more at risk than ever from child labour and recruitment into armed groups, as well as the life-threatening dangers of the virus.
From 21st of July until 1st September, members of the public have the chance to buy something truly unique through this Crowdfunder, whilst contributing to the important work that War Child is so committed to.
With the incredible support of high-profile friends from across the creative industries, War Child has been able to raise millions of pounds to support their vital work over nearly three decades. In this time of crisis, the creative community has come together again to support War Child’s work by offering a unique range of exclusive items, experiences and designs available to ‘buy now’, through auctions and prize draws.
They include: brunch with Carey Mulligan and a screening of her new film, a Royal Tea Party with Helena Bonham-Carter and Vanessa Kirby – both actors who have played Princess Margaret in The Crown, signed guitars from Marcus Mumford and Ed Sheeran, a private video call with Louis Tomlinson or Jamie Dornan, meet and greets with Ed Sheeran, The 1975 or Duran Duran at a future show, a signed limited edition Flower Of Life lithograph from Coldplay, a limited edition print by Anthony Burrill, the chance to have a personal song written for you by Johnny Flynn and many, many more.
Halfway through the campaign even more exclusive items and experiences from top artists, musicians, sport stars and actors will be released. The public can keep up to date with what prizes are available here and by following War Child on social media.
Carey Mulligan, Global Ambassador for War Child UK, said: “Working with War Child for over six years has shown me not just the hardships that children in war-torn countries face every day, but the amazing resilience they hold in times of devastation. With COVID-19 causing restrictions on the aid we can bring, War Child’s emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder is essential in bringing resources to children in conflict zones who are facing this new and deadly threat. The positive support I have received from peers to contribute to this campaign has been overwhelming and I am so grateful to anyone who can join us in raising these crucial funds.”
Rob Williams, Chief Executive Officer at War Child UK, said: “The impact of coronavirus has been felt around the world, but in the communities where War Child works this is an emergency which could yet prove to be the world’s most deadly humanitarian disaster. With the incredible support of the creative industries, War Child has worked to help children affected by war for 27 years and at this time of crisis I’m truly humbled by the generosity of our supporters to do what they can to help. As we are beginning to beat the virus in the UK it is crucial to support vulnerable children whose futures hang in the balance and the funds raised from this campaign will help us ensure we can reach as many children as possible to provide the support they so urgently need. Thank you to everyone who has taken part.”
Vanessa Kirby, Global Ambassador for War Child UK, said: “War Child is at the forefront of helping to provide support for vulnerable children in war zones, and these children are still in desperate need, now more than ever, as COVID-19 continues to inflict devastation worldwide. I am honoured to be able to help support War Child on their Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder. Meeting some of the children War Child supports has been one of the most inspirational experiences of my life. If you can, please join me in supporting this amazing cause.”
War Child’s teams are already on the ground providing families with lifesaving food and hygiene kits, and with your help and donations, they can work to keep children safe and protect them from the increased risk of abuse and exploitation that a crisis causes, whilst providing access to vital information.
Rosana, a mother of four living in Afghanistan said: “The coronavirus has had a bad effect on my family. Both my husband and my son are jobless, and we have no other breadwinner. During the corona situation, we had to sell the carpets of our rooms to buy food.”
With the donations made:
£10 could provide a child who has nothing, with toys including a teddy bear, puzzle, and football
£25 could provide a child living in a refugee camp who is unable to go to school with an at-home education pack
£28 could provide critical support to two children calling our helpline who have nobody else to turn to during lockdown
£35 could provide a family living in cramped conditions with lifesaving hygiene kits. They contain soap, hand sanitiser, masks and towels
£45 could provide a family of seven living in poverty with lifesaving food for a month including flour, rice and oil
£75 could provide three children living in a refugee camp who are unable to go to school with an education pack