This week, Coldplay kindly asked all their fans to support good causes, in return for the chance to win tickets to their sold out gig.
Thousands of people entered the competition which meant thousands of actions and donations to support numerous charities were made through BlueDot.
We would like to thank all the Coldplay fans that entered and helped out worthy causes. The lucky winner was announed yesterday and said “Thank you SO much. So excited, taking my daughter we just can’t wait!!!!”
Coldplay have always been very supportive of many charities and have asked that all their fans support their favourite charity Kids Company by liking them on facebook.
The Coldplay competition is now closed, but you can keep supporting charities through BlueDot and collect your Dots so you can use them for other exclusive products, experiences and of course more entry in to fantastic competitions.
To celebrate the release of their eagerly anticipated new album ‘Fallen Empires’ on 14th November, Snow Patrol are offering the chance to win some great prizes and help support good causes at the same time.
You can enter the competition to win tickets with just 2 Blue Dots! Which you get by supporting charities by connecting with facebook and either sharing good causes there, or donating to charity through the BlueDot site. So not only will you be getting the chance to be one of the first to hear the new album or see them perform live, you will also be helping great causes at the same time.
There are 3 prizes in this competition:
1. The first prize to win tickets to their Q magazine gig is now closed, but you can still enter to win a chance to to be the first to hear their brand new album.
2. From 31st Oct – 10th Nov. Be the very first to hear the new Snow Patrol Album at exclusive ‘playback’ event at a city near you. We have 20 tickets to give away for Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast, Manchester & Birmingham.
3. Win the ultimate goodie bag of all Snow Patrol albums.
Everyone who enters to win the live tickets and playback event tickets will automatically be entered into the competition to win the goodie bag.
We are delighted that as a result of our competition to win Noel Gallagher tickets last week, over 1,000 actions to support causes were made. Over 30 charities received cash donations and four lucky winners will be going to see him live this week. We want to thank all of the Noel Gallagher fans who entered and received their Blue Dots for supporting various charities.
We believe that offering people the chance to win fantastic prizes by supporting their favourite causes can only be a good thing. So please spread the word, share the love, support the cause you believe in and get yourself some dots you can exchange for great exclusive offers or to enter future competitions. Together we can change the world by encouraging more people to support their chosen charity in return for exclusive products, experiences and of course more entry in to fantastic competitions.
To celebrate the release of their eagerly anticipated new album released on the 24th October ‘Mylo Xyloto’, the magnificent Coldplay have donated tickets to their sold out gig on the 27th October.
You can enter the competition to win tickets with four Blue Dots which you get by supporting charities by sharing them on facebook or twitter, or donating to them through the BlueDot site. Coldplay have asked their fans to also support their favourite charity Kidsco. Kidsco provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children. You can share their good work and get a Dot by liking them on Facebook
Simply by “Liking” their page you will be helping to promote all their initiatives to help and protect vulnerable children and young people in poverty. You will also earn some Blue Dots next time you scan your profile for goodness (you can do this by clicking on the “Get Dots” and “Share” buttons on our homepage).
But why stop there? Click on the “Donate” button and give any amount a charity of your choice through JustGiving and you can do even more good – and of course, earn even more dots!
Radio 1 DJ and Presenter Annie Mac is supporting Blue Dot in a big way. Not only did she put together a half-hour special radio show explaining how Blue Dot works – click here or on the radio player on the bottom of the home page to listen! – and how you can get involved, but she’s also giving all our supporters – that’s you! – a chance to win a pair of exclusive VIP tickets for her UK tour.
Two tickets are up for grabs for every date of her upcoming tour, so there’s sure to be one near you. Annie is renowned for her variety of musical tastes, from disco and electro house to bass and hip hop. Her DJ sets are very well established and popular around the world. Guests in her “Annie Mac Presents” UK tour include: Nero, Fake Blood, Jack Beats, Erol Alkan, Sub Focus, The 2 Bears, Jaque Lu Cont, Shy FX, Donae’o, Ms Dynamite, Andy C, Redlight, Zinc, Danny Byrd, Caspa, Toddla T, Teed, L-Vis 1990, David Rodigan, Breach, Areoplane, Carte Blanche and many more…
You can also listen to some of them, as well as learn all about what makes Blue Dot so great, by tuning into the special half-hour programme that Annie recorded for us and is available through We7. Feast your ears!
It only costs a single dot to be entered into the draw, and you could be the lucky winner! So just click here to go to our offers page, look for “Annie Mac Presents” and hit “Get.” It really is as easy as that, and if you win we’ll email you to ask which date and venue you’d like your tickets for.
Check out more details about Annie’s awesome tour here and see the dates below.
Tour dates and locations:
23/09/11 Manchester – The Warehouse project
24/09/11 Leeds – University
29/09/11 Southampton – Junk
29/09/11 Bournemouth – V Club
01/10/11 Edinburgh – Liquid Rooms
06/10/11 Brighton – Digital
07/10/11 Sheffield Fusion & Foundry
08/10/11 London – Koko
09/10/11 Cardiff – Solus
13/10/11 Leicester – 02 Academy
15/10/11 Birmingham – Rainbow Warehouse
21/10/11 Oxford – Academy
04/11/11 Bristol – Motion
05/11/11 Glasgow – Arches
11/11/11 Newcastle – Digital
12/11/11 Belfast – Stiff Kitten
18/11/11 Nottingham – Stealth
19/11/11 Liverpool – Masque
Many charities such as Christian Aid, Save the Children and Oxfam continue to work around the clock to bring desperately needed aid to the more than 10 million people affected by the East Africa food crisis. The UK public has so far donated over £57m, making it one of the most generously supported appeals in the DEC’s history. The sheer scale of the disaster, however, means that donations are still needed to save lives.
The initiatives are not limited to providing much-needed food and medical supplies, but also fund other initiatives such as mobile health clinics, training, seeds and equipment for farmers, and the digging of wells and boreholes that provide clean and safe water to thousands.
So why not get some Blue Dots now by contributing to the DEC appeal? It couldn’t be easier: Simply click on the big blue “Donate” button on the homepage or click here, then search for DEC. Your donation will be safely processed through Just Giving, and you’ll get some lovely Blue Dots to spend on some really cool offers and display proudly on your profiles and active CV!
From: The Mail Online
Bono’s famine advert is banned from UK television for ‘breaching rules on political advertising’
The celebs then speak of a host of facts and figures regarding famine, finished by popular Irish actor Colin Farrell using the F-word as an expletive, bleeped out.
Adrian Lovett, Europe director of ONE which campaigns against hunger and poverty in Africa, said it was ‘absurd’ the advert could not be shown.
A spokeswoman for Clearcast, which is responsible for the pre-transmission examination and clearance of television adverts, said the film could be in breach of rules laid down by the 2003 Communications Act.She said: ‘These rules ensure that adverts aren’t being broadcast by bodies whose objects are wholly or mainly political.
‘ONE appears to be caught by this rule as they state that part of their raison d’etre is to pressure political leaders.
‘It also appears that a number of the claims made in the version of the ad that we have seen are directed towards a political end, which is again against the rules.
‘We have asked ONE to provide us with further information should they feel their advert is not in fact in breach of these regulations and await their response.
‘A broadcaster that carries an advert in breach of the rules on political advertising faces potential statutory sanction by Ofcom which could include a fine or revocation of licence.’
X Factor finalists to release charity single
From: Music News.com
The 16 finalists from this year’s X Factor series will be releasing a charity single in aid of ACT & Children’s Hospices UK. The acts will release their cover of the Rose Royce classic ‘Wishing On A Star’ via download on November 20th and via physical single on November 21st, on Syco Music.
All net record company proceeds from sales of the single will go to ACT & Children’s Hospices UK. There are an estimated 23,500 children and young unlikely to live to reach adulthood. ACT & Children’s Hospices UK is the voice for all these children, young people and their families, as well as the organisations and people that support them. The charity ensures that every life-limited and life-threatened child, young person and their family gets the best possible care and support from the moment of diagnosis, wherever they live and for as long as they need it.
Simon Cowell has worked closely with ACT & Children’s Hospices for many years and comments: “Having worked close hand with this charity and seeing the amazing work they do for kids and their families who need help and support, I am thrilled that the X Factor charity single this year will benefit this charity.’”
The single is the fourth charity release from X Factor, following last year’s cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, 2009′s cover of Michael Jacksons’s ‘You Are Not Alone,’ which supported Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and 2008′s ‘Hero’ which raised over £1.3 million, again for the ‘Help For Heroes’ charity.
The finalists will record the single in London this week, produced by luminary music producer Biff (Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, Will Young). A video will be shot later this month.
The sixteen acts performing on the single are: the boys, Frankie Cocozza, Craig Colton, Marcus Collins and James Michael; the girls, Janet Devlin, Amelia Lily, Sophie Habibis and Misha Bryan; the groups, Nu Vibe, Rhythmix, The Risk and 2 Shoes; and the overs, Kitty Brucknell, Johnny Robinson, Jonjo Kerr and Sami Brookes.
Charity pledge as donors queue up to help bone marrow victim Ryan, 3
A BLOOD cancer charity “overwhelmed” by the UK’s biggest turnout at a bone marrow donor recruitment drive has pledged to “leave no stone unturned” in the fight to save East Kilbride toddler Ryan Ferguson and thousands others like him.
The Anthony Nolan charity revealed yesterday potential donors had travelled from as far afield as Dundee, Falkirk, Stirling and South Ayrshire to be among the 1074 people who attended the recruitment clinic in East Kilbride on Sunday.
Ryan’s parents, Paula and Stuart Ferguson, launched an appeal for donors in the hope their three-year-old son, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in August, can receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Lindsay MacCallum, regional fundraising manager for Anthony Nolan in Scotland, said: “Ryan Ferguson has captured the hearts of everybody who has read his story. We hope that through Ryan’s appeal there will be a successful outcome for Ryan. Anthony Nolan will leave no stone unturned in trying to find Ryan and the thousands of people like him a donor.”
It is the second major donor clinic held at the town’s Holiday Inn hotel, after actor Dougray Scott backed a similar appeal in 2008 for Katie Currie, then aged five, who shortly afterwards was successfully matched with a donor by the charity.
Katie’s mum, Siobhan Currie, 37, was among the volunteer counsellors at the clinic on Sunday who processed the applications and saliva sampling.
Katie underwent two intensive rounds of chemotherapy to treat acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill. She spent a year in hospital before her transplant. Swimming, dancing, cycling and karate are among the activities she and sister Libby, seven, can now enjoy together.
Mrs Currie said: “She’s amazing. She’s very healthy now and at school and doing everything an eight-year-old should be doing. She could hardly walk at one point and she had to learn to walk again. Every day is a milestone now.”
Samples from the East Kilbride clinic will now be tested in London and any successful donors will need to give a blood sample to confirm the match and could go on to donate stem cells, taken from either bone marrow in the pelvis or from blood.
Bone marrow contains stem cells essential for blood production. It will be several weeks before they know if a match has been found.
The clinic was organised by Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service area commander Ally Boyle, 40, from Hamilton, who himself was diagnosed with blood disorder myelodysplasia in 2008, just after the birth of daughter Jessica. He has a 25% chance of this turning to leukaemia, leaving him also needing a marrow transplant.
More than 60 volunteers from the fire service pitched in to help arrange the recruitment clinic.
Mr Boyle, who was told he had a three-year life expectancy when he was diagnosed four years ago, said: “This is a powerful story that makes us all think about our own mortality and our own children. There’s something really positive about seeing what society can do when they put their mind to it. To see that in East Kilbride was unbelievably humbling.”
Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, which supports the Anthony Nolan charity, has raised £20,000 in the last two years for the charity.
Dr Brenda Gibson, consultant haematologist at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We are delighted with number of people who came forward. The more people who are on the bone marrow register the more likely we are to find a match for Ryan or someone else awaiting a transplant.”
Anthony Nolan is the UK’s most successful bone marrow register. Around 1600 people in Britain are waiting to find a matching donor and a further 37,000 people worldwide.