Story: Jack Foley
LINKIN Park have set up a charity fund for countries affected
by Boxing Day's earthquake and tsunami disaster in the Indian
Ocean, and have kickstarted it with an initial donation of $100,000
The US rock band, who recently teamed up with hip-hop star, Jay-Z,
for a Collision
Course album, have set up an organisation called Music for
Relief, which is seeking to bring much-needed financial support
to survivors of the disaster.
More than 125,000 people have been confirmed dead in the wake
of the disaster, which saw massive tidal waves follow an earthquake
in the ocean off the coast of Sumatra, in Indonesia.
Explained band guitarist, Brad Delson:
"We are fortunate to be in a position to help, but this needs
to be a broader effort.
"If one of our fans can donate $10, then that's going to
help... We are also going to appeal to our musical peers by asking
them to donate as well."
Linkin Park felt moved to contribute to the rescue effort in
some way having played a number of sold-out shows in Indonesia,
Thailand and Malaysia during the summer of 2004.
And all money raised by Music for Relief will go to the American
Delson concluded by describing the band's creation of the aid
organisation as 'our way of giving back to the people who so desperately