Stars including The Wombats, Enter Shikari and The Subways back charity's emergency fundraising efforts
Anti-poverty charity ActionAid is launching the first ever Global Emergencies Week, helping bands, DJs and musicians to save lives the next time an earthquake, flood or tsunami hits. The week, which runs from 18 to 24 February, will see gigs, DJ nights and other fundraising events taking place all over the UK to raise money for ActionAid's emergency preparedness work around the world.
Because it forms part of the charity's wider Ready for Anything appeal, every donation made throughout the week by bands, DJs and gig-goers in the UK will be automatically doubled by the government, helping to save twice as many lives.
Enter Shikari singer Rou Reynolds said:
"We're proud to get behind Ready for Anything, because we know how important it is for people to be prepared for the next earthquake, flood or tsunami. Every penny raised between now and 3 May will be automatically doubled, so between us we can save twice as many lives."
Dan Haggis, drummer from The Wombats, said:
"We all know that the next big emergency could be just around the corner, and the more prepared a country is today, the more lives will be saved tomorrow. That's why ActionAid are holding Emergencies Week, for us all to raise funds to help people around the world brace for the next flood or earthquake. It's important stuff, so get involved."
Charlotte Cooper from The Subways said:
"It's been proven that the more prepared a country is, the less impact an earthquake or flood is likely to have. From now until 3 May, everything you donate to ActionAid's emergency campaign will be automatically doubled. This means that twice as many people everywhere from Afghanistan to Burma have a fighting chance the next time disaster strikes."
Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic, whose donation of o25,000 kicked off the appeal, said:
"I've supported ActionAid for many years and have seen first-hand what a huge difference their work makes to the world's poorest people - an incredible experience that I'll never forget. The Ready for Anything appeal is hugely important because every single donation will be doubled by the UK government automatically, allowing ActionAid to save twice as many lives. I'm proud that my donation is among the first to launch this vital appeal, and I hope everyone in the music industry and beyond will get behind it too."
Last year, ActionAid launched the emergency music fundraising network ActionAid Live, in which bands could sign up to help the charity during the next big emergency: Emergencies Week is the first time ActionAid Live has been kicked into action. ActionAid Live is supported by the likes of Huw Stephens, Enter Shikari, The Wombats, Everything Everything, Hadouken!, Metronomy and The Subways.
Emergencies are becoming more frequent and growing in intensity. Between 250 and 300 million people are affected by disasters and conflicts every year, but this is expected to rise significantly. By 2015, the number of people affected by climate-related disasters alone is set to reach 375 million. Natural disasters hit the poorest people hardest - those who survive the initial disaster are left with their lives destroyed. Although not always in the news, flooding presents a regular and serious threat to people living in poor countries - but it is a threat which can be mitigated with help.
The wider Ready for Anything campaign runs from 4 February to 3 May, and every donation made by people in the UK will be doubled by the government, helping twice as many people. Donations from the campaign, which has a target of o1.1 million, will go to disaster preparedness programmes across countries including Malawi, Burma (Myanmar), Afghanistan and Nepal, helping thousands of the world's poorest people prepare to survive the next disaster.