BEYONCÉ, YOU AND WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
We love Beyoncé. Well, who doesn’t? Whenever we DJ, we throw one of her songs out there and people go apeshit, mimicking that awesome dance she does with the ring and the fingers and the hip thrusting (while managing to look 837% less cool than her). Anyhoo, not only is Beyoncé like, totally, amazing, but she is an all-round good egg too, as she is proving by helping the United Nations and humanitarian aid organisations launch a global campaign to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others.
World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song I Was Here will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience and released globally on Sunday 19th August.
“World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “I hope everyone will pledge to complete at least one humanitarian action – however great or small – through www.whdiwashere.org. Together we can create an unprecedented awareness of the plight of people affected by crises around the world.” The campaign website provides everyone with an opportunity to unite and share individual acts of good.
On 19 August, the campaign aims to reach 1 billion people in a day with a single message. “We all see the headlines and we think what can I really do to help?” Beyoncé told us. “World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make a difference. This is our time to leave our mark on the world and show that we were here and we care.”
It’s easy to support World Humanitarian Day (far easier than trying to dance like Beyoncé, anyway). Simply visit www.whd-iwashere.org and click on “Show Your Support”. Then choose to support World Humanitarian Day via Twitter, Facebook or both and get the word out to your friends and followers. After which, tweet like crazy about the campaign in the lead-up to 19 August. Finally, and most importantly, on 19 August, make your mark by doing something in your local community, and watch as everyone’s World Humanitarian Day messages are simultaneously shared around the world.
Do your bit, you legend. It’s what Beyoncé would want. And you wouldn’t wanna let Beyoncé down now, would you?