Celebs unite for home­less Live Aid

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Liam Gal­lagher, Bob Geldof, and John Cleese are among a raft of stars who will take part in a rough sleep­ing event dubbed Live Aid for the home­less.

It is hoped Sleep in the Park will see around 9,000 peo­ple camp overnight at Princes Street Gar­dens in Ed­in­burgh to raise cash for the So­cial Bite char­ity.

Gal­lagher, Amy Mac­don­ald, Dea­con Blue, and Fright­ened Rab­bit will per­form acous­tic “busker” sets at the Ross Band­stand. Rob Bry­don will host and Cleese will read a bed­time story.

Geldof said: “When we launched Live Aid in 1985, it showed the power of mu­sic and events to cre­ate real and im­por­tant so­cial change. I first met Josh and Alice from So­cial Bite five years ago and I am de­lighted to sup­port them and their ef­fort to erad­i­cate home­less­ness in Scot­land by sleep­ing out in the cold at the event.

“The event has the po­ten­tial to be a game changer in tack­ling the is­sue and I am right be­hind it, even if a lit­tle ner­vous to brave a cold Scot­tish win­ter’s night.”

Gal­lagher said: “Ever since Oa­sis got signed in Glas­gow at King Tut’s, Scot­land has al­ways had a spe­cial place in my heart. The fans are among the best in the world. I’m look­ing for­ward to play­ing in Ed­in­burgh and sup­port­ing this char­ity. I hope the event helps as many peo­ple back on their feet as pos­si­ble.”

Or­gan­is­ers have a fundrais­ing tar­get of £4m (€4.3m), but are also look­ing to gen­er­ate 1,000 em­ploy­ment of­fers and 1,000 lodg­ing pledges.

It comes as part of So­cial Bite’s aim to erad­i­cate home­less­ness in Scot­land within five years.

No tick­ets will be sold for Sleep in the Park, mean­ing mem­bers of the public and busi­nesses can only at­tend by reach­ing fundrais­ing tar­gets and ac­cept­ing the sleep-out chal­lenge.

A host of other celebri­ties, sports per­son­al­i­ties, and fig­ures from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum are ex­pected to camp out overnight. Josh Lit­tle­john, co-founder of So­cial Bite, said: “We’ve got a bit of an all-star line-up. In my mind, I see this as the Live Aid of home­less­ness in Scot­land.”

The event takes place on Septem­ber 9.

Liam Gal­lagher: Will per­form an acous­tic set dur­ing event.

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