Let's See Your Band T-Shirts For Wear It For War Child!

21 February 2017, 17:33 | Updated: 23 February 2017, 18:50

Dave and Pippa Wear It For War Child Week

War Child BRITs Week together with O2 gives fans the opportunity to see the biggest names in music in intimate venues across London, all while raising money for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.

This week, War Child are asking the general public to do something really small to make a huge difference: we want you to post a selfie in your favourite band t-shirt - old or new - to show support for the charity. Radio X presenters are getting involved, why don’t you?

John Robins and Elis James Wear It For War Child

War Child’s CEO Rob Williams tells Radio X: “Wear It For War Child is an awesome campaign. The idea is that you will wear a t-shirt of your favourite band or artist and you take a selfie and post it online with the hash tag wear it for War Child.

“That gets you in with a chance to win a ticket for the remaining BRITs Week shows, which are quite extraordinary. I’ll be wearing my old Red Hot Chili Peppers shirt!”

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1. Throw on your favourite band t-shirt

Step 2. Snap a quick selfie

Step 3. Post the photo to social media with #WearItForWarChild 

Visit War Child to donate: www.warchild.org.uk/donate

For more on the War Child BRITs Week shows, have a look here.

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War Child's aim is to to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war. As Rob Williams explains, their work has become even more important over the past couple of years.

“It’s difficult to understate the humanitarian crisis, which is rolling out across the Middle East at the moment,” he says. “And globally, there are more refugees people who have had to leave their country because of conflict had anytime since the Second World War. There are millions of children who need trauma counselling, need to be reunited with their families and who need to get back to school and get an education.

“There’s a generation of children in Syria who are facing the incredible challenge of rebuilding an entire country. This will hopefully lead to a peaceful future, which is going to be much more difficult if this generation doesn’t get a chance to really think about what happened to them. They need to integrate those memories of bombing and extreme terror in a way that allows them to come out with a positive vision of the future. It will be a disaster if this generation concludes from the current conflict in Syria that the only way out is to keep fighting.”

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The charity says that the people of the UK have been incredibly generous, especially across BRITs Week so far, which has included shows by Biffy Clyro, Paul Weller and Rag’n’Bone Man.

“In our experience if you talk to people in the UK about what’s happening to children in Syria or Iraq you find that its actually very easy to convince them that they can actually take action.

“Once we’ve explained it to people, we find incredible generosity in the UK. We’ve raised a lot more money around the Syrian conflict than we expected to. It’s a testament to the fact that whatever else is going on in this country, people are still thinking about ordinary individuals who are going through extraordinarily difficult times in other parts of the world.”

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There are many other ways you can get involved with the work of War Child. One favourite of Rob’s is the “Donate Your Birthday” campaign.

“A six-year-old girl called Serendipity saw what was happening to Syrian children on the television and wanted to do something about it. So she told her friends that for her sixth birthday she would much rather that they made donations to War Child than gave her presents. Which is an extraordinary thing for a six year old to do!

“So we now have in her honour, created a campaign - if you go warchild.org.uk/birthday, you will learn all about it. They are now lots of people who have donated their birthday to help children in conflict zones. It’s an amazing fact that it all started with a six-year-old girl in the UK.

“We are also looking for volunteers to work with during the festival season over the summer. We have partnerships with a number of major festivals and if people want to sign up to help us out at those festivals, then they could have a great summer with War Child and know that the time they spend volunteering is going to be directly supporting children in conflict zones a long way away.”

Visit War Child to donate: www.warchild.org.uk/donate

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