Last weekend we were sitting at home and Louis came across some kind of information about a Neil Young/FooFighters concert. He bought tickets off of ebay, and we were excited about it all week. At the time I didn't realize that the concert was put on by Global Citizen (nor did I know what that was), a tool to teach people about extreme poverty all over the world and what can be done to end it. Tickets to the concert were supposed to be earned through a point system. There were tasks such as watch a video or read an article that could earn you a number of points to get the tickets. We missed out on that part of the education, however several issues were discussed at the actual event.
Between each band, we were given information and called to action about what we can do to contribute to the end of various issues and diseases that lead to, or are a result of extreme poverty such as women's rights, polio, and malaria. It was difficult to hear the speakers, because there were so many excited fans that were just ready to see the bands & I'll admit by the end, I was definitely ready for Neil Young. But, I was curious to find out more about the organization putting on the event.
Over 60,000 people attended on Saturday---at least some had to be touched by the speakers who were victims of preventable diseases and had witnessed girls dropping out of school to become prostitutes because they need money. I've been reading through the website today, and encourage you to take a little time to learn about The Global Poverty Project and how you can get involved--there are several ways, not just giving money.
Now, here are a few photos that I took during the event...don't be disappointed--it was pretty much impossible to get photos of the bands so you're not getting any closeups of Dave or Neil:
So. Cool. Sometimes I can't believe that this is our life...and that we are blessed in so many ways including getting to go to that big concert in the park.