May 30, 2013

IconChime for Change and the Empowerment of Women

I’m not going to lie, when I first came across this concert my jaw nearly hit the floor, and I snapped up a couple of tickets as soon as possible for the missus’s birthday.  She wanted to go and see Beyoncé and when we missed our chance to see her on her Mrs Carter tour then Chime for Change popped up, it was fate wasn’t it really? I like to think so.

However, when I dug a little deeper about what the concert represents, I was inspired.  With the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Laura Pausini, Haim, Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Timbaland, and whispers of Madonna and Jay-Z making an appearance, all for the empowerment of women across the world, it’s a sensational opportunity to be a part of something rather incredible.

Although £95 a ticket seems rather steep (after seeing Pink standing, we promised we’ll always opt for seating from now on), it seems like pittance when only £10 of each ticket sale is going back into admin costs and such, and the rest going straight to charity, and a charity you choose.  There are three categories that are being focused on, Justice, Education and Health, and after the concert you’re given the option of which great cause you want to help be a part of.  There is a crowd funding platform associated with the initiative, which is an excellent way of making you feel personally involved in the process.

Beyoncé, co-founder and artistic director of Chime For Change has recently said “I am really happy that so many amazing artists and presenters have come together to support Chime For Change on June 1, Our goal is to have a great time together while we unite and strengthen the voices of girls and women around the world.”

The concert is estimated to be viewed by 1billion people, and broadcasted in over 150 countries!  I hope that the message that’s going to be delivered in such a powerful way will empower people across the world to help others, not just women, but everyone and anyone who needs help with help, justice and education, whatever little that act may be, it will make a world of difference to the people who really need it.

What will you chime for?

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Ffion Davies


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