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    On December 1 – World AIDS Day and Giving Tuesday – the first ever (SHOPATHON)RED to fight AIDS officially kicks off.

    A (RED) shopping extravaganza featuring the likes of Bono, Scarlett Johansson, Snoop Dogg, The Weeknd, Meryl Streep and co-produced by VICE Media, (SHOPATHON)RED will live on-air and online through the holidays, selling iconic (RED) products, limited edition pieces, and the chance for fans to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities in partnership with the online giving platform, Omaze.

    Raising money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, every dollar will be matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $20 million, meaning there have never been more reasons to SHOP (RED) and SAVELIVES.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/14611-red-launches-star-studded-shopathon-for-world-aids-day


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    The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have launched a global thought leadership platform to help frame and stimulate regional and global debate on vital development issues shaping the Middle East.

    UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi discussed the project at a meeting with Bill Gates
    UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi discussed the project at a meeting with Bill Gates

    The “Middle East Exchange” will commission original articles from international experts including Nobel laureates, heads of state, academics and intellectuals. New articles will be published weekly in newspapers globally on a wide range of topics relevant to the region, from health and education to development and innovation.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/14693-bill-gates-helps-launch-middle-east-thought-leadership-programme


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    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week, (RED)– the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver– marked ten years since its 2006 inception at the same location.

    Founded to create a sustainable flow of private sector money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and heat around the AIDS issue, (RED)‘s partners, special events and many extraordinary collaborators have generated $350 million for the AIDS fight since 2006. To mark the anniversary and doubling (RED)’s impact, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will match every dollar generated by (RED) for the Global Fund in 2016, up to $50 million.

    With UNAIDS data showing that mother-to-child transmission of HIV could be effectively ended as early as 2020, América Móvil, Apple, Bank of America, Belvedere, GAP, SAP, Starbucks and The Coca-Cola Company have renewed their partnerships with (RED) in support of reaching this goal, with NetJets, Salesforce and Tradeshift also announcing new partnerships with (RED) to fight AIDS.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/14794-bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-to-match-red-donations-to-global-fund


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    Think It Up, the new initiative from the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), joined Brooklyn Decker, Andy Roddick, Austin officials including Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz, and hundreds of local students and teachers on March 10th during SXSWedu for the second in a national series of Think It Up Live pitch competitions.

    Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker at EIF's Think It Up Live Event
    Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker at EIF's Think It Up Live Event
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    Alongside a panel and booth activation on-site at SXSWedu, the live pitch event was designed to empower students, celebrate teachers and build optimism about what’s possible in America’s classrooms. The event drew students and teachers from 24 traditional district and public charter schools in Austin.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/14982-andy-roddick-brooklyn-decker-think-it-up-live-pitch-competition-for-innovative-learning-projects


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    On September 19-21, President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will host the 12th and final Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York City.

    This year’s Annual Meeting will celebrate how the CGI community has improved the lives of millions around the world.

    Featured participants include Andrew Holness, Prime Minister, Jamaica; Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister, Sweden; Mauricio Macri, President, Argentina; Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister, Italy; Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President, Colombia; Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister, Serbia; Camil Durakovic, Mayor, Municipality of Srebrenica; Sadiq Khan, Mayor, London; Ben Affleck, Actor, Filmmaker, and Founder, Eastern Congo Initiative; Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; General John Allen (ret. USMC), former Commander, International Security Assistance Forces, and Commander, United States Forces – Afghanistan; Andrea Bocelli, Recording Artist and Founder, Andrea Bocelli Foundation; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Jon Bon Jovi, Founder, Chairman, JBJ Soul Foundation; Bono, Lead Singer, U2, Co-founder, ONE Campaign and (RED); John T. Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco; Adi Godrej, Chairman Godrej Group, Godrej Industries Limited; Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps; Mo Ibrahim, Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Sallie Krawcheck, Co-Founder and CEO, Ellevest; Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever; Cecile Richards, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.; Carlos Slim Helú, Founder, Fundación Carlos Slim; Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani; Andrew P. Witty, Chief Executive Officer, GSK; and more

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/15774-stars-and-leaders-attend-final-clinton-global-initiative-annual-meeting


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    G-Dragon is inviting you to get flown out to Seoul and put up in a 4-star hotel, take a tour of the famous YG Entertainment headquarters and share a meal with G-Dragon, go home with an exclusive signed souvenir.

    G-Dragon Invites you to South Korea
    G-Dragon Invites you to South Korea

    Flights? Check. Hotel? Check. Swag? Check. More swag? Check. No, this isn’t a dream: G-Dragon is actually meeting you at YG, where he’ll give you a tour of the building and share some of his favorite stories about the label and the music that started there. Afterwards, he’ll share a meal with you and even hook you up with some autographed souvenirs. You can’t get more immersed in K-pop history than this.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/16196-k-pop-sensation-g-dragon-invites-you-to-south-korea


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    Comic Relief Inc., the charity behind Red Nose Day, today announced the return of the fundraising campaign.

    Red Nose Day in the U.S. will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in conjunction with the third annual “Red Nose Day Special” from broadcast partner NBC. Americans across the country will come together, wear their Red Noses and raise money and awareness to help children living in poverty.

    With the support of millions of generous Americans, major partners and hundreds of celebrities, Red Nose Day has raised over $60 million in its first two years since launching in the U.S. in 2015, including more than $36 million in 2016.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/16265-red-nose-day-returns-for-2017


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    Comic Relief, the nonprofit behind Red Nose Day, has announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $1 million in donations to Red Nose Day’s US campaign through Facebook’s range of charitable giving products.

    The joint effort enables people across the country to double the impact of their donation to Red Nose Day in the US, which supports programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated here in the United States and abroad.

    Red Nose Day is all about coming together to have fun and make a difference for children in need. Red Nose Day supporters can take advantage of the match in a number of ways using new and existing Facebook products:

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/16649-bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-to-match-1-million-in-red-nose-day-donations-made-on-facebook


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    June marks the fourth annual EAT (RED) SAVELIVES campaign to raise money for The Global Fund and awareness for the fight to end AIDS, with tickets going on sale today to the first-ever EAT (RED) Food & Film Fest.

    Led by Chef Mario Batali and supported by chefs, restaurants and culinary brands nationwide, (RED) today announces the first of many ways for people join the fight to #86AIDS.

    Mario Batali said: “It’s a beautiful thing when food not only brings people together, but does so in a way that means real impact on the AIDS fight. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of so many of my heroes in the culinary industry we’re taking the campaign all across the country. So whether you’re eating, drinking or Tweeting, your choices really do count this June.”

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/16674-mario-batali-leads-eat-red-save-lives


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    Last month, global entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates surprised students by sitting in the audience as they debated some of the most challenging global issues facing their generation.

    Hosted by Ore Oduba, with a performance from George the Poet and judged by a star-studded and expert panel including Jamal Edwards, Tina Daheley, Emma Thompson and Jon Snow, the event saw Robert Clack School of Science from Dagenham, London take on Mount St Mary’s school from Leeds.

    The event, ‘Comic Relief presents: The Big Debate with young people’, was inspired by Debate Mate and run in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was the final ‘showcase’ in a series of debates run by Debate Mate during the 2017 Red Nose Day campaign.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/16704-bill-gates-hears-young-people-debate-tough-world-issues


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    Today, EAT (RED) SAVELIVES– led by Chef Mario Batali– brings the culinary world to the table to raise money for The Global Fund and awareness around the AIDS fight, with activations across the United States and around the world on social media.

    EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES 2017
    EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES 2017

    From New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, national restaurant groups and popular food brands nationwide are making it easier than ever for people to EAT(RED) throughout the entire month of June, with multiple ways to turn food and drink choices into a force to fight AIDS.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/16722-welcome-to-eat-red-save-lives-2017


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    This week, global health leaders gathered at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta to reaffirm their commitment to eradicating polio and pledge $1.2 billion to finance efforts to end the disease.

    Thirty years ago, polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children each year in more than 125 countries around the world. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of governments, health workers, donors and the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a public-private partnership dedicated to ending the disease, the highly contagious virus has now been eliminated in all but three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. There have been only five cases to date in 2017.

    However, children remain at risk everywhere until polio is completely stopped. To end the disease for good, government representatives and partners came together to renew their commitment to supporting crucial activities such as vaccination and disease monitoring, which will protect more than 450 million children from polio each year.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/16762-global-leaders-unite-to-bring-polio-one-step-closer-to-eradication


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    At least 37 country governments, 16 private companies and 11 partner organizations, including civil society and private foundations, will announce commitments to accelerate progress on rights-based family planning programmes today at the Family Planning Summit.

    The Family Planning Summit is co-hosted by the UK Government, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in close partnership with the Family Planning 2020 Secretariat (FP2020). In parallel with the Summit in London, more than 2500 people will gather at 21 satellite events across Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uganda, demonstrating growing country leadership and support for family planning.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/16859-at-summit-global-leaders-recommit-to-family-planning


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    The 2017 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards last week honored five outstanding activists for their efforts to create positive impact in people’s lives and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Priyanka Chopra speaks on stage at The Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards
    Priyanka Chopra speaks on stage at The Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards
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    The winners included a medical student dedicating his life to reducing maternal and child mortality rates in rural areas of Tanzania; a fashion student who founded an organisation to support survivors of acid attacks; and a Colombian woman who helps former guerrillas reintegrate into society.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/17132-global-goals-awards-honor-five-champions-making-the-world-a-better-place


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    Beyoncé is lending her song ‘Freedom’ to a Global Goals campaign film demanding #FreedomForGirls on International Day Of The Girl.

    Video: Freedom - International Day of the Girl

    • The #FreedomForGirls campaign aims to raise awareness and drive action to tackle challenges facing girls around the world and ensure the Global Goals are met.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/17201-beyonce-lends-song-to-new-global-goals-campaign-film


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    Equality Now hosted their annual Make Equality Reality Gala this week at Gotham Hall in New York City.

    Haim Attends Make Equality Reality Gala
    Haim Attends Make Equality Reality Gala

    The evening marked the organization’s 25th Anniversary and honored Gucci America President and CEO Susan Chokachi and A Breeze of Hope Foundation Founder Brisa De Angulo. The 2017 gala was Equality Now’s most successful ever and it raised more than $825,000 . It brought together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, activists, celebrities and philanthropists to celebrate women who are committed to making the world a better place for women and girls. The event was underwritten by Vanguard of Change sponsor, InMaat Foundation.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/17289-equality-now-celebrates-25th-anniversary-make-equality-reality-gala


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    Ahead of World AIDS Day 2017, (RED)– the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver – announces it has delivered a total of $500 million to The Global Fund, to fund HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Since (RED)’s founding in 2006, the money raised through special events and campaigns led by more than 100 private sector partners, supporters and creative collaborators has benefited the lives of 110 million people through treatment, prevention, testing, counseling and care services.

    Bono, co-founder, (RED), said; “Half a billion dollars to prevent and treat AIDS– now that’s a reason to punch the sky. When Bobby Shriver and I started (RED) just over a decade ago we had big goals, but even our big heads couldn’t have dreamed up a number like that. This achievement belongs to the (RED) companies and consumers who have supported (RED) and raised a load of money and a load of awareness about AIDS– which is more the point because our experience is if there isn’t heat and excitement around an issue, big government budgets get cut and people die.”

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/17396-ahead-of-world-aids-day-2017-red-announces-500-million-raised-for-the-global-fund


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    Nineteen-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer will play his first-ever match in the Bay Area on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m.

    Match For Africa
    Match For Africa

    Federer will take on American tennis star Jack Sock at the SAP Center in San Jose in an exhibition match to support children’s education in Africa. Celebrity guests Bill Gates and Savannah Guthrie will also take to the court in a celebrity-pro doubles match. Tickets for Match for Africa 5 – Silicon Valley are available Friday, January 26, at 9 a.m. PST with net proceeds benefiting the Roger Federer Charitable Fund/Roger Federer Foundation.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/17543-roger-federer-and-bill-gates-to-hit-the-court-for-charity-tennis


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    Leading philanthropists have set up a $105 million fund to help end a disease that has plagued humanity since antiquity.

    Richard Branson announced the funding at the Global Citizen concert in South Africa
    Richard Branson announced the funding at the Global Citizen concert in South Africa

    The blinding eye disease trachoma is depicted in the hieroglyphs on ancient Nubian tombs yet it is now on the verge of being eliminated as a public health problem across the world.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/18582-sightsavers-105-million-disease-fund-launched-at-nelson-mandela-concert


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    On 5 December, 2018, in Miami, (RED), Sotheby’s and Gagosian came together to raise $5.5 million to support the fight against AIDS.

    Larry Gagosian, Theaster Gates, Bono and Sir David Adjaye OBE at the third (RED) Auction
    Larry Gagosian, Theaster Gates, Bono and Sir David Adjaye OBE at the third (RED) Auction

    The third (RED) Auction totaled nearly $11 million, including matching funds by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    More: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/18611-bono-attends-third-red-auction-in-miami


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