My friends over at the Hepatitus C Trust have come up with another fantastic way of raising both awareness and funds for their cause..
The highlight of The International Music Summit (IMS) 2014 was the impromptu performance of four musical giants, at the IMS Legend’s Dinner in honour of Chic’s Nile Rodgers. Nile was joined on stage by Nona Hendryx best known for her collaboration with Patti LaBelle, Talking Heads, Bill Laswell, and Bootsy Collins. Also on stage Funkadelic and Parliament of Funks George Clinton was asked to take lead but the biggest surprise of the night was Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon flying out that night making an appearance, much to Nile’s shock and surprise. These 4 colossuses played renditions of Sister Sledge’s We are Family and Le Freak by Chic.
The sonic blue 1960’s Fender Stratocaster played by Nile on Stage was then donated to the IMS’s official charity The Hepatitis C Trust. The guitar was then signed by Nile, Simon Le Bon and George Clinton making it one of the most unique Fender Stratocaster’s in musical history.
The Hepatitis C Trust is particularly close to Nile Rogers heart as both his parents had the disease so he knows first-hand the harm caused by the disease. The guitar will be sold online on eBay.
Click here for the link to the eBay auction, which will be available to fans to bid on all over the
About The Hepatitis C Trust
The Hepatitis C Trust is the only UK-wide charity focused on hepatitis C, supporting the estimated 216,000 people living with the virus and those at risk of infection. It is led and driven by people with personal experience of hepatitis C. The Trust is committed to increasing prevention, diagnosis and treatment and achieves this by raising awareness, driving policy and providing testing, training and support.
For more information visit www.hepctrust.org.uk. To contact The Hepatitis C Trust helpline call: 0845 223 4424
About hepatitis C
There is no vaccine but treatment can now successfully clear the virus in most patients. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that currently affects 216,000 people in the UK1 (figures from Health Protection Agency). It can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer yet more than half of those living with the condition are undiagnosed.
Receiving a blood transfusion / blood products / organ transplantation prior to 1991
Current/past intravenous drug use (including steroids, even once and sharing any injecting equipment)
Sharing drug snorting equipment (notes/straws; this may also apply to crack cocaine pipes)
Blood transfusions or invasive medical or dental procedures in a developing country
Tattoos / piercings/ acupuncture (in unregistered premises or with possibly unsterile equipment or with needles that were not new)
Sharing razors or toothbrushes (with a person who is known to have hepatitis C or may have been at risk)
Men who have sex with men are at a higher risk of contracting hepatitis C
Celebrities with hepatitis C:
Dame Anita Roddick, Pamela Anderson, Keith Richards, Natalie Cole, Anthony Kiedis and Marianne Faithfull have all been diagnosed with hepatitis C.