The IoS Appeal: You've already raised an amazing £100,000
Sunday 07 August 2011
More than 12 million people are at risk of dying from hunger in the Horn of Africa as a result of the worst drought in 60 years.
Two million children under the age of five are malnourished and 500,000 are severely malnourished. The Independent on Sunday is asking readers, their friends and families, to join its senior staff and each pledge one day's pay to the DEC appeal. High-profile figure from the worlds of politics, sport and the arts are backing us. Together, The Independent on Sunday and its sister title, The Independent, have so far raised more than £100,000. Thank you!
They joined - how about you?
"It's a great campaign and good for 'The Independent on Sunday' for continuing to draw people's attention to it. There's been so much dramatic news recently and it's been taking away the focus on events that are far more catastrophic than what's happening in the West."
Former No 10 communications chief
"The developed world has big problems of its own but they are nothing like the problems faced by millions of Africans. The 'IoS' campaign will not solve those problems but it will help to maintain awareness and show we can all play a part, large or small."
"I am always willing to lend my support to causes such as this, especially due to my strong connection to East Africa. I am in the process of starting a charity of my own devoted to this cause."
"I thoroughly applaud what 'The Independent on Sunday' is doing to highlight the plight of famine in Africa. It's easy to feel fatigue from the continual images of destitution and starving children, but we must eradicate famine once and for all."
Backing our campaign
Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special presenter; Tom Aikens, chef; Heidi Alexander MP; Lord Avebury; Willie Bain MP; Tristan Baker, theatre producer, The Railway Children; Elena Baltacha, British No 1 women's tennis player; Greg Barker MP, energy minister; Lauren Booth, Tony Blair's sister-in-law; Sir Peter Bottomley MP; Chris Bryant MP; Richard Burden MP; Rev Stuart Burgess, chairman, Commission for Rural Communities; Paul Burstow MP, health minister; Nathan Cleverly, boxer, WBO light-heavyweight champion; Max Clifford, PR consultant; Mary Creagh MP; Sarah Darwin, great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin; Richard Dawkins, biologist; James DeGale, boxer, Olympic middleweight champion; Esi Edugyan, author; Rev Jonathan Edwards, general secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain; Yvette Edwards, author; Tim Farron MP, Lib Dem president; Andrew George MP; Helen Goodman MP; AC Grayling, philosopher; Kate Green MP; Olly Grender, Lib Dem pundit; Harriet Harman, deputy Labour leader and shadow international development secretary; Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill; Baroness Hughes of Stretford; Howard Jacobson, author; Cathy Jamieson MP; Jackie Kay, poet; Barbara Keeley MP; Stephen Kelman, author; Jemima Khan, campaigner; Lord Knight of Weymouth; Derek Laud, New City Initiative; Annie Lennox, musician; Stephen Lloyd MP; Tony Lloyd MP, chairman, Parliamentary Labour Party; Josie Long, comedian; Naomi Long MP; Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party; John McDonnell MP; Ian Mearns MP; AD Miller, author; Nadifa Mohamed, author; Penny Mordaunt MP; Ian Murray MP; Sheryll Murray MP; Pamela Nash MP; Sarah Newton MP; Fiona O'Donnell MP; Brian Paddick, ex-Met officer; Neil Parish MP; Alan Pascoe, former athlete; Lord Naren Patel; Lord Andrew Phillips of Sudbury; Alison Pick, author; Daniel Pinto, chairman of Stanhope Capital; Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, Bishop of Hereford; Hugh Quarshie, Holby City actor; Doug Richard, businessman and original Dragon's Den panellist; Kate Robertson, UK group chairman of advertising firm Euro RSCG; Mark Robinson, co-founder of Sandlanders Football, a network of community-owned African football clubs; Jane Rogers, author; Linda Rolph, general secretary, Advance union; Amber Rudd MP; Stuart Semple, artist; Lord Shipley; Andrew Slaughter MP; Julian Smith MP; Caroline Spelman MP, Environment Secretary; Michelle Stanistreet, National Union of Journalists general secretary; Rt Revd Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich; DJ Taylor, author; Lord Taylor of Goss Moor; Glenn Tilbrook, musician; Keith Vaz MP; Frank Warren, boxing promoter; Graham Watson MEP.
Join up – and help the starving
To join our 'Give a day's pay for Africa' campaign, go to i ndependent.co.uk/giveadayspay. All donations are welcome – to give £5, enough to buy high-energy food supplements to save five children a day, text INDY to 70000. And spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #Giveadayspay
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