THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU. IN THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS THE MERCURY PHOENIX TRUST HAS DONATED A TOTAL OF £292,668, FUNDING 57 PROJECTS IN 16 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. IT'S TRULY DOWN TO YOU AND YOUR DONATIONS – WOW! WHAT A YEAR. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GUYS!
ABOUT THE MPT
The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer FREDDIE MERCURY who died in 1991 from AIDS.
In the last 21 years the Trust has given away over 15 million dollars in his name and funded over 700 projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDS.
We need your support to maintain our present donor level and to keep funding the desperately needed HIV/AIDS initiatives globally. Together, help us to use Freddie’s memory, his charisma and drive to eradicate this disease.
We give to a wide range of Education and Awareness projects, principally targeting young people in the developing world. The 18 million orphans who have lost one or both parents to AIDS are in desperate need of help as they struggle to survive and build their lives, often becoming ‘head of the family’ for their smaller siblings.
This disease impacts on the whole community, down to the grandparents who find themselves caring for their dead children’s children. They too need aid and information. The way to combat this disease is through knowledge.
Although we give to the large NGOs and well known charities, the greater part of our funding goes direct to small grassroots organisations which the bigger charities tend to overlook, and where we feel the recipients will achieve value for money.
The projects we fund are spread across the globe and in total we have now given to projects in 57 countries – wherever we can help we do.
"Whatever you do, don't make me boring" Freddie Mercury
The Freddie For A Day initiative is a celebration of the life of the iconic Freddie Mercury, bringing people together to dress as Freddie to raise awareness and much needed funds to support the work of the Mercury Phoenix Trust – fighting AIDS worldwide.
Freddie For A Day was launched in 2010 and is held every 5th September, Freddie’s birthday, although people are encouraged to hold their own FFAD on any day of the year.
Fans and friends around the world celebrate Freddie For A Day in every way imaginable. Young and old, people have donned a moustache and gone out for drinks, gone to class, gone shopping, taken the train, taken the plane, put on a concert or run a mini-marathon dressed as Freddie.
Some go the whole hog by wearing full costume for the entire day. Some just decide to support the cause by wearing something yellow or putting on a moustache. The main thing is to have fun, raise awareness and try and get sponsored to raise funds.
Freddie For A Day is happening around the world and the numbers are growing.
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AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE MPT...
A music student from the Ukraine has taken to the streets two years running to perform in full Freddie dress
A carpenter from the UK has spent Freddie For A Day on a building site with his moustache and MPT collection box.
A karaoke aficionado in San Francisco organised a brilliant Freddie sing-along, with donations going to the MPT.
A Mexican restaurant in New York sold 'Mercury' margaritas in aid of the MPT.
In Japan a flash mob of moustachioed commuters took over Shimbashi Station SL Square in Tokyo.
A crazy lady in Argentina swam a water marathon in the murkiest of waters, complete with Freddie moustache and FFAD swim hat sponsored by friends and family.