McCartney has joined a campaign on the celebrity charity-fundraising digital platform Prizeo.com to raise awareness and funds to build a new school in Haiti through ASR, the organization has announced. Those who contribute to McCartney’s campaign will be entered into a drawing to win an all-expenses paid trip to attend McCartney’s sold-out concert at Candlestick Park for the grand-prize winner and a guest. McCartney will also invite the winner and guest to visit him backstage and attend the soundcheck before the show.
Fans can enter at www.Prizeo.com/Paul. Entry deadline is July 28. The concert, the first time McCartney has played the venue since The Beatles’ final ticketed concert on Aug. 29, 1966, will also be the final concert scheduled to be held at Candlestick Park before its demolition. Those who donate at specific price points are also eligible to receive t-shirts designed exclusively for the charity campaign.
Donors can choose to donate in any amount at $5 per entry. The grand-prize winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly via e-mail after the campaign closes. For full contest rules, see http://www.prizeo.com/terms-and-conditions.
McCartney's support of Aid Still Required began in 2005 with his donation of “Let It Be” to ASR’s CD compilation for tsunami relief. Their current focuses include the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 tsunami and the Darfur conflict. A benefit CD with tracks by McCartney, John Lennon, Maroon 5, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, the Blind Boys of Alabama, April Lavigne, Norah Jones and Ray Charles, Sarah McLachlan, Ani DiFranco and more is available through the ASR website.
“Last month in Haiti we found a makeshift school cobbled together by farmers who can not afford to send their kids to school,” says ASR President Hunter Payne. “It was fashioned together from sticks, pieces of canvas and plastic, and would never last the rainy season. We were very moved by this community’s initiative and asked Paul if he would help us build a permanent structure, and he said yes immediately.”
Recent Prizeo campaigns have featured Will Ferrell, Lady Gaga, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristen Bell, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey and Kobe Bryant and have used the power of social media to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. Other celebrities who have been involved with past Aid Still Required campaigns include Sting, Maroon 5, Bonnie Raitt, Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey.