Posted by: Paolo Mennoia | 28/06/2010

13 JULY 1985

During the centuries, small and big groups’ exploits influenced the history of the humanity, gaining a universal glory. These little bunch of peole have been able to change the world, with persistence, ambition and motivation. They had clear, and very difficult, objectives to reach, but they could not imagine that the result would be bigger than they could think.

There are a lot of examples during the history, like Robespierre’s Franch Revolution or Luteran Revolution, all these happenings come from small groups’ enterprises. They were alone but had strong and ambitious ideas, as other revolutionary group, just like BOB GELDOF and MIDGE URE for the LIVE AID.

LIVE AID is a concert that was held on 13 July 1985 to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. At the beginning it was a normal show,but later a lot of acts were added on both sides of the Atlantic, just like Queen, Led Zeppelin, U2 and Bob Dylan.

The event was held simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London,(attended by 72,000 people) and J.F. K. Stadium in Philadelphia, (attended by about 99,000 people). Geldof and his team organized one of the largest-scale evnts of all time: an estimated 400 million viewers, across 60 countries, watched the live broadcast.

As a charity fundraiser, the concert far exceeded its goals: they hoped to raise £ 1 million, and they actually raised £ 150 milion. During the concert Geldof said that 95% of  World’s TV were tuned on the event.

ALL the World was listening to LIVE AID and giving money for famine relief in Africa. LIVE AID became a new benchmark for humanity’s history all over the world. Geldof’s small group made real a global revolution and gave life to a lot of similar charity initiatives just like HopeForHaiti in 2009 .


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