Norwich charity Street Child to get slice of sales from Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
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A Norwich charity is set to benefit from Sir Bob Geldof's Band Aid single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.
Sir Geldof brought together top UK artists, including One Direction, Ed Sheeran and U2, last month to record the charity single to battle ebola in West Africa.
The song has already topped the online download chart and the single will be released on CD on Monday.
And some money from single sales is set to head to Norwich charity Street Child, Sir Bob Geldof told the Sunday Mirror.
The charity's founder Tom Dannatt, from Norwich, said the Band Aid money would go on helping children orphaned by ebola in Africa.
Street Child is fighting to save 5,000 children in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but believe around 20,000 in total need help after losing at least one of their parents to the disease. Ebola has killed more than 6,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
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'There are at least 10,000 children who we think are not getting any support,' Mr Dannatt said. 'Some of them can't afford to wait.'
Chloe Brett from Norwich, the charity's programme director in Liberia, emailed Mr Dannatt on Sunday describing the 'shocking scenes' that greeted her on arrival in Monorovia on Sunday.
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Two children who Street Child saw needed help died of starvation by the time food could be brought to them, Mr Dannatt said.
Money has so far been spent on stopping ebola but not on the children and families who have lost loved ones and their livelihoods.
Street Child is also asking people to donate the value of unwanted Christmas presents this year on their website www.passthepresents.org