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White Feather Foundation

The Mission

The White Feather Foundation embraces environmental and humanitarian issues and in conjunction with partners from around the world, helps to raise funds for the betterment of all life and honours those who have truly made a difference.

How It All Started

Julian has been focusing on ways that we can all make a difference in what has become a rather sensitively-balanced world.

Symbolically, a white feather has personal meaning for Julian and therefore it became a natural name for his new Foundation – The White Feather Foundation.

“Dad once said to me that should he pass away, if there was some way of letting me know he was going to be ok - that we were all going to be ok - the message would come to me in the form of a white feather. Then something happened to me about ten years ago when I was on tour in Australia. I was presented with a white feather by an Aboriginal tribal elder, which definitely took my breath away. One thing for sure is that the white feather has always represented peace to me.”

- Julian Lennon, 2009

www.whitefeatherfoundation.com

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives.

In 2011, Julian Lennon accepted an invitation to join a prestigious list of fellow Ambassadors for the Trust, including Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Kevin Spacey, Pierce Brosnan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

The Prince’s Trust give practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. The Trust works with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

The Trust has helped more than 600,000 young people since 1976 and support 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people that were helped last year moved into work, education or training.

Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.

Diversity.

The Trust is committed to building a diverse organisation that is responsive to the needs of young people and all their stakeholders.

www.princes-trust.org.uk

Julian performed at the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala 2011

Royal Albert Hall, London UK, Wednesday 23 November. Julian closed the first half of the show in style with a classic performance of Stand By Me, preceded by an equally absorbing version of Saltwater. Julian re-joined the stage alongside The Feeling, Pete Townsend, Joss Stone, Tim Minchin and Boy George for the finale, which was a rousing rendition of the David Bowie classic, Heroes.

Lupus Foundation

The famous Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was inspired by Julian’s childhood painting of his classmate Lucy Vodden.

Although over the years Julian had lost touch with many of his childhood friends, several years ago he reconnected with Lucy by chance. He learned that Lucy had been fighting lupus since 2005 and vowed to help in any way he could.

Julian had fond memories of playing with his kindergarten classmate and it was a shock when he learned of Lucy’s death on 22 September 2009 from an infection. Since then, Julian has been supporting lupus through his music and photography, collaborating with singer-songwriter James Scott Cook on a track called Lucy, the proceeds of which have gone to aid research into the disease.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is now recognised as an important and common illness of modern times. It is a disease in which the immune system goes 'wrong', becomes overactive.

It can affect any organ of the body. Because the symptoms can be so diverse, including for example; fatigue, rashes, allergies, depression and kidney failure it is called the 'great mimic'.

All ages can be affected, but the commonest sufferers are young females, the peak ages being between 18 and 45.

The outlook for most sufferers, given the correct treatment, has improved beyond recognition.

www.lupus.org

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