A worthwhile charitable endeavour in this era of rising basic food pices, even if some jazz purists are bound to want to want to Walk on By this one…….
Photographer Roger Thomas was out at the Dionne Warwick World Hunger Day press briefing last week. She answered questions as to why she is supporting The Hunger Project charity by performing with ‘an all star cast of performers from both sides of the Atlantic in a London charity concert’. The concert will be on 9th January 2011 at the Apollo Theatre Victoria and will also form part of her 70th birthday celebration. (The birthday is on Dec 12th)
Her desire to support the charities she is involved with stems from her upbringing and close relationship with her grandfather. He was a Baptist minister and encouraged her and other family members to form groups that would go out to hospitals and elderly members of the community to help out in various ways and would often tell her that when God put people on the earth it was purposely so they can help other people. She was about 11 years old at the time and has been doing so up till now, whenever possible, so it is a very natural thing for her to be involved and use her celebrity status to help others.
Sitting with her at the press briefing and also giving information and answering questions were Tim Holder Country Director–The Hunger Project UK and Åsa Skogström Country Director–The Hunger Project Sweden.
I hope it's not just another Dionne Warwick scam, like the one she pulled when allegedly raising funds to fight AIDS.
This gala concert is being organised by The Hunger Project in aid of its work to end hunger and poverty in the developing world and as part of World Hunger Day. Empowering People. Ending Hunger on January 9th, 2011. As a registered charity in the UK for many years, you can find more details about the organisations work at http://www.thehungerproject.co.uk. Tim Holder, Country Director UK, The Hunger Project.
Thank you, Tim Holder. That gives me comfort. May you raise a bumper crop of money for this worthy project.
As an aside, let me say that I like your blog and have long since linked to it on my own.
I am sure she is doing all she can to help which is much more than most other high profile celebs not to mention age, I think she is FAB and this is a well worthy cause.
I echo the above comment and more. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see this truly great artiste in London and I salute her dedication to such a great cause. Dionne is a one off and I adore her.
Fabulous, Jumoké Fashola Jazz Singer and BBC London Broadcaster joins the AllStar cast for World Hunger Day at the ApolloVictoria, Jan9th!
I have discovered this biog! http://www.thehungerproject.co.uk/jumokefashola
I think some tickets are still available via TicketMaster.. http://www.worldhungerday.org.uk
Jumoke Fashola is actually featuring alongside some megastars at this gala on Sunday 9th Jan..
Dionne Warwick of course, Elaine Paige, Natalie Cole.. Elaine is singing 'Memory' and 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina' and a duet with Dionne Warwick and Opera Vocalist 2011, Simon Keenlyside is also on the bill..
quite the variety show.. for a great cause.. just booked some tickets to cheer me up in Jan..
full line up so far.. Dionne Warwick, Elaine Paige, Natalie Cole (Pink Cadillac!), Mica Paris, Rachel Tucker & Louise Dearman (Wicked Leading Ladies), Simon Keenlyside, Steven McRae, David Elliott, Jumoke Fashola, London Community Gospel Choir and Southbank Sinfonia