Classical performance artist and ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner (2007), Paul Potts, is due to walk from his home in Port Talbot, South Wales, all the way to London, via South Korea, in time for his appearance at the SOS Children benefit concert Classic Response which is being held at the Royal Albert Hall on 3 April 2010 and raising funds for those children affected by the Haiti earthquake.
Inspired by Classic Response – a convergence of the UK’s classic music community to raise awareness and funds for victims of natural disaster and disease - Paul, whose latest album Passione was released last year, is quite literally going ‘the extra mile’ to raise funds and awareness for SOS Children.
Paul, who has sold more than 4.5million albums worldwide, is dedicated to the cause commenting: “When I was asked to take part with Classic Response for SOS Children’s efforts in Haiti, I said count me in!"
“The cause has since become my own which is why I’ve chosen to conduct my own fundraising walk in the hope that, with our combined efforts, we can raise the funds required to help the orphans of Haiti with the medical care, food and education they so desperately need.”
With the walk due to begin on 18 March, Paul is now training, walking an average of 30 miles per day. The 190-mile walk will take Paul through a number of town’s and cities along the way including, Cardiff, Newport, Chepstow, Chippenham, Hungerford, Reading and Windsor. En-route, once he reaches Heathrow Airport, Paul will be taking a slight detour - via Seoul, South Korea - where he will be partake in a televised concert before returning to the UK to continue the remainder of his walk to London.
SOS Children is the world’s largest orphan charity and has worked for over sixty years providing family-based care for children who would otherwise be alone. The charity currently operates in 124 countries, with around 78,000 children living directly in their care and a further one million children supported in the local communities where they work with schools, medical centres and family strengthening programmes.
In Haiti, the needs of a child who has lost their family and homes, destroyed by the earthquake, extend long beyond immediate medical and trauma care. SOS Children is a well established charity in Haiti since 1978 and prior to the earthquake already required 800 child sponsorships, for children orphaned by tropical storms, unrest, poverty and disease. With staff on-the-ground, they are one of the first charities to offer assistance and they guarantee to spend 100% of all proceeds generated by this appeal helping in Haiti, with absolutely no deductions for UK costs such as administration or fundraising.
Paul hopes to achieve and break the target currently set at £20,000 for SOS Children and asks that people contribute as much as they can afford, however small or large by visiting: www.justgiving.com/PottsyWalks
Details about Classic Response can be found on The Royal Albert Hall website at www.royalalberthall.com