Duran Duran Donates Tsunami Relief Funds to GlobalGiving and the Freeplay Foundation

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FREEPLAY FOUNDATION (March 28) — In an inventive approach to charitable giving, Duran Duran is donating $4,000 raised at auction for a soccer ball signed by more than two dozen celebrities. The band is donating the proceeds to the Freeplay Foundation via the GlobalGiving charity fundraising network. As a member of GlobalGiving's 2005 Tsunami Relief Fund, the Freeplay Foundation is working to assist tsunami survivors in the Aceh province of Indonesia.

Founding band member Nick Rhodes led the Duran Duran Celebrity Soccer Ball drive to get signatures from an impressive cross-section of musicians, actors, and other celebrities from both sides of the Atlantic. The band placed the ball on eBay's auction site on March 7.

The Freeplay Foundation provides wind-up, solar-powered Lifeline radios to people in the poorest, most isolated regions of the world. The radios will provide thousands of displaced tsunami survivors living in temporary camps with vital news and information that will help them access aid services, reconnect with their loved ones, and recover from the trauma as they re-build their lives and communities.

GlobalGiving allows individuals to locate and donate directly to locally-run social and environmental projects worldwide. The tsunami relief fund was created as a means of directly supporting grassroots relief efforts in the devastated region of Southeast Asia.

The Duran Duran Celebrity Soccer Ball has been signed by:

  • Duran Duran (all members)
  • Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand)
  • Alicia Keys
  • Anastasia
  • Andre 3000 (Outkast)
  • Apl.de.Ap (Black Eyed Peas)
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Colin Farrell
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Destiny's Child (all members)
  • Donald Trump
  • Fat Joe
  • Gwen Stefani (No Doubt)
  • Jamelia
  • John Currin
  • Joss Stone
  • Kanye West
  • Lamar
  • Maroon 5
  • MCA (Beastie Boys)
  • Naomi Campbell
  • Pharrell and Chad (NERD)
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Rachel Feinstein (sculptor)
  • Robert De Niro
  • Robert Smith (The Cure)
  • Robin Williams
  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Swift (D12)
  • Tracey Emin


For more information on Duran Duran, visit www.duranduran.com
For more information on the Freeplay Foundation, visit www.freeplayfoundation.org
For more information on GlobalGiving, visit www.globalgiving.org

Freeplay Foundation Contact

Michelle Riley
Senior Consultant
(912) 898-2195

GlobalGiving Contact

Donna Callejon

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