Adele, born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an international music sensation from the U.K. who has taken over the air waves. She was born to a single teenage mother in 1988. However, it wasn’t until her second album that she really became a mega-star. Her music inspired thousands daily, with myself included. Her blues-soulful music reaching deep into your own soul and helping people through things like joy, heartache and loss. Within this past year, Adele has won 6 Grammy Awards, tying her with Beyoncé as having won the most Grammys won in a single night for a female. However, most people don’t know about the philanthropic side of Adele. Adele is a, “major supporter of Sands, a U.K.-based stillborn and neonatal-death charity” and even “requires concertgoers who get free tickets to her performances to donate to the support group”. In her past tour in the UK and across Europe, concert goers raised over $13,000 towards Sands.
Sands is an organization which provides support to families who have loss a baby during pregnancy or after birth. They were founded in 1981 by a group of grieving parents who were looking for support. They found that by helping support each other, they were able to gradually move forward with their lives. Sands three core goals are to:
- Support anyone affected by the death of a baby
- To work in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families
- To promote research and changes in proactive that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives
(taken from http://www.uk-sands.org/)
I feel that if more celebrities take this approach, they can help to make differences in other charities as well. Instead of concert goers spending $20 on a few beers, their $20 could go towards helping charities like Sands or local food banks. As part of the Westernized society, things like that ability to go to concerts are privileges that we take for granted. Instead, we should be looking at ways in which we can help those who are not as privileged, and help to support organizations that provide assistance to those less fortunate.