A bit of fun, for a good cause: Terry Venables, a former coach of the England football team, is perhaps an unlikely contender to scoop the Number 1 spot in the British pop music singles chart, but he is nonetheless a worthy contender with his operatic version of Elvis Presley’s “If I can Dream”, which is raising money for two charities including Help for Heroes and Malaria No More UK, who help to save lives in Africa from malaria.
Backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and produced in cooperation with the Sun daily newspaper, ALL proceeds from the single’s sale will go to helping these two charities in their work and last night received the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron who said “this is a brilliant initiative. I’m sure the single will sell extremely well. It has my full support.”
This morning, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell too joined the PM in backing the single commenting that “it's great that the proceeds from this single are going to such good causes.”
“Malaria is a preventable disease - yet it kills nearly a million people every year. Tackling this disease is one of my key priorities,” he said in a statement.
As for Malaria No More, its Executive Director Sarah Kline was “thrilled” to receive such backing. “Their commitment to tackling malaria is vital if we are to help meet the international malaria goals and end the death and suffering caused by malaria. We hope as many people as possible will enjoy the song and buy or download a copy to support our work and that of Help for Heroes."
I’m sure the current UK #1 David Guetta would not begrudge relinquishing the coveted position to the 67-year old Venables and for the two charities, so what are you waiting for? The single is available now from iTunes, Amazon and in HMV stores now, costing only 79p per download...