Following on from last year’s successful campaign, which saw us raise over £2000, we will be rolling out our #GuestlistGiving project for a five-month period during the coldest part of the year. Once again we’ll be teaming up with Liverpool’s independent venues and promoters, with the aim of raising a substantial amount of money for the Whitechapel Centre, to help them carry out the vital work they do in helping the city’s homeless community.
The Bido #GuestlistGiving Campaign will run from Thursday 20th October to Thursday 23rd March, and will raise money by asking anyone who is on the guest list at any affiliated gig or show during this period to make a small donation to the charity. Bido Lito! Editor Christopher Torpey explains the reasons behind setting up the campaign.
“There’s a saying that you’re only ever two wage packets away from being on the streets yourself, which I think is a sentiment that a lot of people in our city’s music community can empathise with. Although the issue of homelessness is something that needs fighting all year round, the Christmas period throws it into sharper focus as the differences between those people who, through varying degrees of misfortune, have to sleep rough and those who have the luxury of celebrating the festive season indoors with their families become even more acute.
“With this campaign we not only wanted to raise awareness of the issue and highlight ways in which we can help, but also back it up with a sizeable chunk of money that will help the Whitechapel Centre keep up and expand their work during this period. Last year, through the generosity of the public and our city’s venues and promoters, we raised some much-needed funds. This year, let’s aim to double that.”
Ruth McCaughley, The Whitechapel Centre’s Fundraising Manager, says “The #GuestListGiving campaign has been a great way for us to reach a wider audience across Liverpool, encouraging late-night clubbers and gig-goers to call our No Second Night Out telephone number to let us know about people who are sleeping rough. We are really grateful to everyone who donated, as well as the bars, clubs and bands who have promoted this campaign – it has raised a fantastic amount of money which will help us to get people off the streets and to prevent others from becoming homeless.”