Terry Venables launches The Sun’s World Cup single and announces support for Malaria No More UK

May 21 2010
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The Sun has announced that its first ever World Cup Single will benefit charities Malaria No More UK and Help for Heroes. Footballing legend Terry Venables is the new voice on the classic Elvis track ‘If I Can Dream’ and launched the single yesterday in spectacular style with a world first performance on top of the iconic O2 arena with the London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a professional choir.

Venables announced plans for the Sun to release the track as a single in time for this summer’s World Cup tournament, a message to inspire and lift the hopes of the nation as the England team prepare for their first match on 12th June. Venables commented: “Being the first performer ever allowed to sing from the top of the O2 is an incredible and exciting honour – what better way to show our support for the England boys as they head off to South Africa?.”

Fans can register their interest in the single at thesun.co.uk/dream ahead of digital release on May 31. The track will be hitting stores the following week. Venables added: “What’s even more exciting is that today we can announce that we are releasing ‘If I Can Dream’ in support of two brilliant charities – Help for Heroes, who do fantastic work for brave injured servicemen here in the UK, and Malaria No More UK, who are helping save lives in Africa from malaria, a totally preventable disease”.

Malaria No More UK launched in April 2009 with the support of sporting heroes David Beckham and Andy Murray. The charity is also a partner in United Against Malaria, a global football focused campaign which is using the opportunity of the World Cup in South Africa to raise awareness of malaria, a disease which affects half of the world’s population and claims 850,000 lives each year. Over 90% these deaths occur in Africa where the most vulnerable people, typically pregnant women and children, are affected first and worst. The tragedy is that every death is needless as malaria is an entirely preventable disease and simple tools such as mosquito nets help save lives and stop malaria from spreading.

In the UK, approximately 2,000 British travellers return home every year having contracted malaria meaning the UK has one of the highest rates of industrialised countries in terms of importing the disease. The last ten years has seen a 190% increase in UK travel to malarious destinations and Malaria No More UK encourages British travellers and holiday makers to protect themselves when heading for malaria endemic destinations.

Funds raised from The Sun’s World Cup single will be used to help save lives in Ghana, where the entire population is at risk from malaria. Malaria No More UK will invest the funds in malaria prevention and treatment programs, with a focus on buying and distributing life saving mosquito nets as well as providing accompanying education programmes to ensure the nets are used to maximum effect. It costs just £5 to buy and deliver a mosquito net to a family in Africa. Each net lasts up to five years and protects two people, usually a mother and her child, from being bitten at night when malarial mosquitoes are most likely to attack. You can make a donation to Malaria No More UK here.

Sarah Kline, Executive Director of Malaria No More UK says: “The Sun’s single is carrying the hopes of our nation and will also help save lives at the same time. We’re hugely grateful to The Sun and to Terry Venables for their most generous support. I’ve was in Ghana just a few weeks ago and met with people whose lives are no longer at risk because they have access mosquito nets and are using them effectively. Tragically this is not yet the case for everyone so the funds raised from this single will go a long way to helping us make malaria no more in Ghana”.

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