Oxfam Celebrates 15 Years Of Working With Coldplay
Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams tour which has spanned the globe in 2017 with gigs in the UK throughout last month, represented 15 years of Oxfam working with the super group. During this year’s tour, more than 60,000 Coldplay fans signed a pledge to support campaigns managed and run by Oxfam to highlight unfair trade practices and the plight of refugees. Coldplay have been amongst Oxfam’s most influential supporters, using their global success to help raise awareness about Oxfam on all five of their tours across 50 countries.
Coldplay really proud of the association with Oxfam
Coldplay lead singer began his association with Oxfam in 2002 when he travelled with the aid agency to Haiti. Since then Martin has toured projects in India and many other countries. Chris Martin says the band is extremely proud to have had Oxfam tour with them for the last fifteen years. It has given Coldplay fans the opportunity to show their support for fair trade and the plight of refugees.
Oxfam first toured with Coldplay in 2003
Oxfam first joined Coldplay when the band embarked on their Rush of Blood to the Head tour back in 2003. Oxfam also participated in the 2005 Twisted Logic tour as well as the monster Viva La Vide World tour which took place in 2008/9. Oxfam was also on the Mylo Xyloto tour which occurred in 2012 and during all the events that took place over the course of the many tours, thousands of volunteers signed up in each country.
Coldplay fans support Oxfam’s campaign for change
Last year Oxfam campaigners began their Stand as One Campaign to emphasise the requirement to help and protect people who have had to flee conflict and disaster stricken regions. At present, 32,000 Coldplay fans have signed up to participate in the campaign. Rachel Edwards who coordinated Oxfam tours with Coldplay says their concerts have been critical in building a global movement of Coldplay fans from the Philippines to the UK. Their fans are standing shoulder to shoulder with refugees and demanding that their leaders do more. Over sixty-five million people have been forced to leave their homes through no fault of their own and Ms Edwards says it’s wonderful to see how the people Oxfam meets on the tour support its campaign for change.
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