New single to boost Save The Children campaign
Snow Patrol will be donating the proceeds from their next single “Open Your Eyes” to a long-term Save The Children’s campaign, to help standards of education in war-torn countries.
The rockers will giving 10% of royalties to boost the campaign, and the band’s record label Polydor, have also shown their charitable side by agreeing to match the donation.
Gary Lightbody explained why they have chosen to back the Save The Children’s Rewrite The Future campaign, saying, “The donation from this single will help, but it is also about putting pressure on governments to open their eyes and their pockets and provide enough funding to make sure all children get a chance to go to school.”
A spokesman for the charity, Ben Hewitt, has expressed his delight at having Snow Patrol on board, saying, “Having Britain’s biggest selling band supporting one of Save the Children’s key campaigns keeps the issue alive. We need to keep the momentum generated by Make Poverty History. By helping children now we set them up for the future.”
Snow Patrol are renowned for supporting humanitarian causes. They have previously supported Amnesty International’s Make Some Noise campaign.
The group also appeared in London at Live8 in 2005.
“Open Your Eyes” is due for release on February 12.