I am so happy today. In fact, I am thrilled to pieces! When you are part of something that changes lives, it is a great feeling.
Last year, Memories in Music started Fanfare. It was created for music fans who wanted to do something to truly honour a musician they admire by donating an amount of money each week to support charity. It was open to fans of any musician, and there was no set amount to give, just whatever fans could afford – even 50p a week is a big help to charities. As it turned out, only one musician had fans that were willing to be part of this fledgling project, fans of Jimmy Page. The money was collected to give to Task Brasil’s Casa Jimmy in his honour.
Of Jimmy’s fans I tried to reach, ultimately eight decided to join in with me. I got worried emails from some of the eight saying that we couldn’t possibly make a difference with such a small group, feeling bad that they didn’t have larger amounts to give, or that they couldn’t get other fans to join in, but I was quietly confident it would all be OK. Sure, I wished more fans had decided to help out, but I’ve been to this rodeo before. This was a great opportunity to show how much could be done with just a little.
I am proud to say these eight Jimmy fans have given £615 ($965) towards the care of the children in Rio. £615!! Awesome.
These fans have done something amazing as fans, and they did it with no reward and no admiration from anyone really. Over in Rio though, some poverty-stricken children are going to get their needs met because eight Jimmy Page fans appreciated Jimmy enough to do something truly beneficial. It hasn’t embarrassed/upset/annoyed Jimmy or his family, it isn’t illegal, inappropriate or mean-spirited, it hasn’t glorified the egos of those that should hang their heads in shame, or enriched the coffers of anyone but those in need. FABULOUS! It’s wonderful any way you slice it, and all the money goes straight to Casa Jimmy.
Fanfare is a blessing to musicians, to charities, and ultimately to those who give because it changes you for the better when you reach out and give. So I am wildly happy today!
As we begin our new year of giving I hope more Jimmy fans will join us, and fans of other musicians too. We’ll set up a Fanfare Group for any musician and see that the money goes to a charity they support. Maybe our eight will turn into 18, or 80 or 800… imagine what can be done with 800 people giving 50p a week? Wow. That’s fan power! But we’ll keep on keeping on no matter what. One day these fans will be honoured. I will see to it.
Kevin, Dawn, Cynthia, Maja, Lucia, Kathy, Alexandra and Youko – thanks for joining me in this project. What you have done made a real difference in the world. From my heart, thanks.