Wax Worx - istreem radio
Summer of Love campaign is a month of live events and live streams to raise funds to create a sustainable future for children in developing countries.
This year will be my first Set For Love, I really wanted to get involved last year, but due to a personal crisis I was unable.
This is my first proper set, since my last gig before the pandemic hit, which was for Switch! in Tunbridge Wells, me & my wife had just returned home from a dream holiday in Zanzibar, Tanzania, just as the pandemic was breaking.
Not only had we just returned from our dream holiday, I had also just had my dream gig, playing for my favorite party brand in the world, elrow. I played my set at midnight, on Christmas day, it was the most special moment of my 30 years DJing.
That set literally meant the whole world to me, but this set, well it means even more.
My brother Tim, my role model, father figure, best friend, tragically lost his life at the end of last year. He was the reason I got into music and then DJing, first by showing me a glimpse of the underground rave culture of the late 80' early 90's, and through listening to his rave tapes, and playing them to my friends in school. It was not long until I embarked on my first rave, at an age when I was not nearly old enough to get into a mainstream club, I experienced my first ever raving nights, at the then infamous, Sterns, on Highdown Hill, Worthing.
As I took my first steps into the underground, feeling the bass vibrations getting stronger, and stronger as I neared the dance floor. In that room, on that night, was the moment I fell in love with the music.
All these years on and I have been blessed enough to travel the world, not as a high flying A list DJ maybe, but I've been around and had some truly amazing DJing experiences, from having residencies and playing events in Australia, Canada, Andorra, Ibiza, Spain, for Ministry of Sound in Egypt, and of course the UK, I have been blessed enough to live a large part of my life doing what I truly love, making people dance, having a good time. For that I’m truly grateful.
This is such an amazing cause to be involved with, and with my brother Tim having spent many years of his life working with young people from marginalised backgrounds, both from the UK and developing countries it means even more. It’s being broadcast on his birthday, and I know that his spirit will be with me on that day, and if I can raise enough money, and with Last Night A DJs help I can build a well, with his name on it, in a developing country, that would be something he will be proud of, and a fitting tribute to his legacy.
This one’s for you Monkey, for the love and for everyone x
Blue Boy x
Funds raised will be directed to several Last Night A DJ Saved My Life campaigns:
Back on Track
This campaign provides food, shelter, education, equipment and the tools for a better life at a variety of children's homes and community projects in developing countries. This includes supporting special needs children and street-involved children. Upcoming projects include;
Providing food and nutritional support for special needs children's home at Wellspring Children's Home in Uganda
Sponsoring education for special needs children at Featherstale in Tanzania - it costs only £160 per year per child
Continuing our support of the project to get kids out of labour and into education in Tanzania - just £150 a year covers a child's school fees with nutritional support.
Funding vocational training for boys at Angels Gate home, helping to give them valuable skills to be able to support themselves and transform their opportunities for a brighter future - £200 a year
We will Fund a shaded exercise area at Feathers Tale so the children can get exercise outside, the project will cost £2450 and will benefit 85 special needs children on a daily basis.
Nepal - working with our partner Pipal Tree to support the educational needs of children from marginalized communities where a little can go a long way -
£10 can provide stationery for a girl for 1 year
£25 can provide school uniform (including school bag and shoes) for a girl for 1 year
£50 can provide college fee for the higher education of a young person for 6 months
£100 can provide an extra support teacher for free tuition to 200 students for a month
Once again we'll also be supporting our partner charity Indigo Children's fund - a UK charity helping underprivileged children around the world with a particular focus on access to education, healthcare and safe accommodation. We've recently helped them to build a Girls Development Centre in The Philippines, rehabilitating children rescued from sex trafficking and abuse. We are currently selecting the next building programme to support through Summer of Love, watch out for updates on that.
Have A Drink On Us
This campaign funds the construction of freshwater wells in parts of India and Africa including Uganda, Mozambique, South Sudan, Malawi, The Gambia and Tamil Nadu. Providing clean, safe water to communities that need it the most is saving and changing thousands of lives. The wells can serve communities of up to 1000 people for up to 10 years. This benefits the whole community but especially the young girls of school age who are traditionally the water collectors in the family. Instead of spending hours a day finding water, children can receive an education.
This global pandemic has highlighted even more the importance of access to clean safe water and sanitation yet sadly we live in a world where 785 million people still do not have access to this basic essential of life.
Thanks to Set For Love funds we've been able to bring our total constructed number of wells to 73 in Africa and India, meaning clean water daily for approximately 49,817 people. This is saving and improving lives every day, thanks to your contributions.
Just £15 will provide a family with clean, safe water for the next ten years!
Smiles For Life
Smiles For Life is an LNADJ campaign that provides cleft lip and cleft palate operations for children in The Philippines, transforming their lives.
Children born with cleft palates can face a variety of challenges including difficulty feeding, hearing problems, speech difficulties and dental difficulties. Children with clefts may also face social, emotional, and behavioural problems due to differences in appearance and the stress of intensive medical care.
However, cleft lip and cleft palate can be corrected. In most babies, a series of surgeries can restore normal function and achieve a more normal appearance with minimal scarring
With a donation of just £300 it's possible to fund a cleft palate operation. Donors receive details of the operations they have funded.
The smiley face is the symbol of electronic music culture and to give the gift of a smile for life is priceless
This project provides DJ and music equipment, musical instruments, music teachers, training and facilities to schools and various educational and community projects around the world. We are seeing amazing examples of how Get Equipped is changing the lives of young people through music. For example, at Angels Gate home for Street Involved Boys in Tanzania, where having a safe space to pursue creativity is having a transformative effect on the confidence, communication and expression of boys who have had a very tough life on the streets. The benefits of which will be felt for their lifetime.
Through the Summer of Love, we will continue to support these projects as well as new ones including Bridges For Music in Capetown, South Africa who are supporting young people from the townships and giving them an opportunity to attend their music academy.
For more detailed information please visit http://setforlove.org.
Let's show the world once again how the power of music really can make a difference!