Photo Courtesy of Linkin Park/Twitter
By Amarylis Martinez
1.3 billion people have no access to electricity and rock band, Linkin Park, is ready to do something about it. Recently launching their Power the World campaign, these rock stars are asking for our help in lighting the world this holiday season. By donating $10 to powertheworld.org, a family in Haiti will be provided with a renewable, solar light bulb. These solar light bulbs provide more than just light; they are low in cost and use clean renewable energy, allowing Haitians to save money overtime. Without electricity children cannot study after dark, parents cannot work after dark and medical clinics cannot stay open.
With Power the World, Linkin Park has set a goal of helping one million families gain access to sustainable energy by 2012 – Haiti is their first project location. Lead vocalist, Mike Shinoda is quoted saying:
“We chose Haiti for this 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. By helping Haiti we can make a huge impact, so it’s a great place to start.”
StarsPower invites you to give the gift of light this holiday season.
For more information regarding Power the World or to support Linkin Park in their cause to light the world visit www.powertheworld.org
photo courtesy Goylr
By Aramis Grant
I was finishing up my morning routine and ready to head out when I heard that one of my favorite voices — Andrea Bocelli — was about to perform on Good Morning America (GMA). I sat on the couch with my coat on and bag in hand, smiling in anticipation of his rendition of “Amazing Grace.” It was right before he went into the song that he mentioned his new foundation, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation is aimed at supporting those living in poverty or overcoming barriers caused by illness and disability (an issue near and dear to Bocelli who lost his sight at the age of 12). Bocelli will be launching the foundation in a few days, on December 9, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The star-studded event will include dinner; a concert by Bocelli, who will be accompanied by David Foster, Heather Headley and Anna Maria Martinez; and a guest list that includes Pierce Brosnan, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole and others.
This morning, as I watched GMA, I knew Bocelli’s singing would be outstanding as usual, but it was his mention of the new foundation that gave me chills. Here at StarsPower, we are so impressed with the amount of celebrities aiming to make the world a better place through various and ongoing efforts, and we love that Bocelli is one of them.
One of StarsPowers’ favorite blogs has also written about the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. To read Look To The Stars’ post, click HERE
By Amarylis Martinez
Today is World AIDS Day; a day where people gather together in the fight against HIV, show support for those living with the virus and honor those who have passed. In support of this day and its cause many celebrities have turned to Twitter to express the importance and significance of getting tested and creating awareness.
Today, StarsPower brings you some of our favorite tweets from our favorite stars:
Rapper, Nikki Minaj talks AIDS in the African American community
Singer & Co-Founder of Keep A Child Alive, Alicia Keys supported (RED) and The ONE Campaign by speaking at their live streaming event
Singer, Ke$ha tweets about a personal experience with AIDS
Kim Kardashian tweets in support of World AIDS Day
Singer, Miley Cyrus joins (RED) & The ONE Campaign's panel
Oprah joins (RED) & The ONE Campaign in support of World AIDS Day
Patti Stanger, Millionaire Matchmaker star shares her loss due to AIDS
Actor & BET's 106 & Park host encourages his followers to get tested
According to worldaidsday.org, more than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally – an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV.
Remember, it’s important to know your status – get tested.
By Amarylis Martinez
Philadelphia Phillie and 2008 World Series champion, Ryan Howard, is in the Christmas spirit! On behalf of the Ryan Howard Family Foundation he is donating athletic apparel valued at approximately $1.2 million to the Philadelphia School District. A very happy Philly mayor, Michael Nutter, took to Twitter to express his gratitude Thursday afternoon stating:
“Ryan Howard Family Foundation just donated $1.2m to Philly Schools for sports uniforms and footwear. Incredibly generous. Thanks Ryan!”
The Ryan Howard Family Foundation launched in 2009 with the mission of supporting underprivileged children and families.
Get the full story regarding Howard’s Philadelphia School District donation by visiting his foundation’s official site.
By Amarylis Martinez
Here at StarsPower we believe in “Blogging a Better Planet” which is why we have chosen to focus on stars’ efforts outside of the U.S. today. This past weekend, Arsenal Football Club dedicated its Premier League match against Fulham to Save the Children. Save the Children is Arsenal’s global charity partner, supporting the cause of providing less fortunate children with the necessities for a better life and providing them the chance to grow and reach their full potential.
Deciding to dedicate a game to Save the Children meant more than writing a check and playing soccer in their honor. Arsenal used their star’s power to make their game day an all day affair in support of their charity and its cause. Thanks to these soccer playing pros, Emirates Stadium was full of fundraising initiatives.
To kick-start the fund raising process players and staff donated a day’s wages to their global partner foundation. During warm-ups both Arsenal and Fulham wore Save the Children t-shirts in honor of supporting the charity and its efforts. Pre game, players Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere surprised fans as they personally sold and collected raffle tickets. During half-time, Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus, led a successful monetary collection where fans happily donated to the cause. 50 pence from every game day program sold was donated, along with a portion of the proceeds of Arsenal’s co-branded charity sportsbands being sold in the team store.
Players took their role in this partnership seriously. When speaking of Save the Children team captain Robin Van Persie said:
“The whole squad was given a presentation by Save the Children recently, who explained what they are doing all over the world. It’s unbelievable and we really appreciate their work. We all realize we can’t save the world but we can all do our little bit”
StarsPower is here to say that we can in fact save the world and we are proud of Van Persie’s Arsenal for contributing by helping Save the Children this weekend.
Be a Gooner. Be a giver. Make a contribution to Save the Children on behalf of Arsenal at http://www.justgiving.com/beagoonerbeagiver
For more information on Arsenal and Save the Children visit their official website at http://www.arsenal.com/savethechildren
*To Star Gaze Arsenal’s game day dedication to charity, click HERE