Thursday, 7 July 2011
Who amongst us hasn't been touched by the dreaded 6 letter C word in some way? Be it directly or indirectly - cancer is something that affects us all in some form.
Love Hope Strength Foundation is an international, music-related cancer charity dedicated to providing support and inspiration to those affected, throughout the world. Their mission is to save lives now, with the advances that have already been made in cancer care. While they do not fund cancer research, they use funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies, raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media, build cancer centers and find bone marrow donors.
Mike Peters the charismatic lead singer of The Alarm & Big Country has himself fought the battle TWICE. He co-founded Love Hope Strength Foundation UK with the President of CSI Entertainment James Chippendale they believe that awareness, early detection and proper treatment should not be a luxury and wanted to find a way to ensure that all people have access to the same resources that saved their lives.
Music is a universal language and the Love Hope Strength Foundation has performed concerts on 6 continents. They have led musical pilgrimages to remote venues such as the base camp of Everest, the top of The Empire State Building, the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, and the glacier of Kilimanjaro.
Musicians from every corner of the globe have joined in ,from high school bands and Nepalese folk singers, to legends in rock n’ roll such as members of The Cult, Squeeze and many more
Funds from worldwide events have:
•Purchased the very first mammography machine for the country of Nepal.
•Purchased the first Nucletron brachytherapy afterloader (internal radiation) machine for the country of Nepal.
•Funded a mobile cancer unit in Peru which will educate, screen and treat up to 30,000 patients per year in remote regions of Peru.
•Funded a new wing for a cancer care center in Wales.
•Supported the Valerie Fund in New Jersey, USA, a center for children with cancer and blood disorders.
•Added over 2,000 people to the national marrow database.
•Brought supplies to cancer centers in need around the world.
•Sent cd’s and dvd’s to cancer centers around the world to brighten the day of patients through music.
•Created an army of LHS volunteers who perform amazing acts of kindness and generosity in their communities.
•Released the “Everest Rocks” documentary on MTV’s HD channel Palladia.
I cannot take credit for this writing, as most of this is from http://www.lovehopestrength.co.uk but I can tell you that I recently interviewed Mike Peters twice for a 2 Part feature on The Alarm, which have already aired (see http://classicrockradio.eu/listenagain ) and we also recorded a seperate interview about the Love Hope Strength Foundation which you will be able to hear soon on Classic Rock Radio
It is REALLY vital that we all do our part in this battle against cancer - remember, cancer affects us all - either directly or indirectly - who amongst us has not lost someone to this dreadful illness or known omeone fighting it? Let's all do our part to help either by attending events, donating time or money, spreading the word, getting on the list of blood & bone marrow donors, just doing ONE of those things - is a help.
One forthcoming LHSF event is Snowdon Rocks V - Sunday, 14 August 2011 it will feature a fundraising trek to the Snowdon summit following the Llanberis/Railway Path with intimate performances along the way from Mike Peters and other renowned LHS musicians (depending on weather conditions)
We wil bring you more information on this event soon
PS- this is an excellent video about LHSF - please view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HzeUeGeVi4