Keane do their bit for kids in Iraq

November 14th, 2007 - 2:49 am ICT by admin  
The piano-bashing trio of Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin and Richard Hughes has announced that proceeds from their new song ‘The Night Sky’ will go to War Child, a charity that works on a number of initiatives that offer support and protection to children living in the war-ravaged country.

They also declared profits from a pair of shows, Manchester Apollo on October 31 and Brixton Academy on November 1, will also go to the charity.

“We’re not the kind of people who turn up to the opening of an envelope. We feel if we’re going to get involved in anything we need to feel passionate about it. We have no fear in sticking our necks out and telling our fans about just what is going on in Iraq,” The Sun quoted Chaplin, as saying.

The threesome have set themselves a bold fund-raising target, and are planning to raise up to 1.5 million pounds.

“The aim is to raise 1.5 million pounds to fund a three year campaign in Iraq, which will help a quarter of a million people. Hopefully, between the two shows we should get 100,000 pounds through ticket sales alone. And the same goes for the single,” Richard said.

Warchild managing director Mark Waddington said that the main aim of the show is to gain a wide audience for the Iraq appeal.

“What we’re using this show for is to gain as wide an audience as we can for the Iraq appeal. People can donate money by texting child to 88818 and people can also pledge their support on the website,” Waddington said.

Chaplin further said that the single itself, The Night Sky, is written from the perspective of a small child affected by conflict.

“I’m quite terrified and hope we don’t make an embarassment of ourselves. hether it’s tunnel vision I just see the goal, which is raising money for Warchild and having a huge influence on many lives,” he said. (ANI)

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