Today is a day for all of us to remember the greatest of leaders, Nelson Mandela.
Madiba brought peace and hope to his beautiful country, and inspired the world.
We remain inspired as he told us “Today’s Youth are Tomorrow’s Leaders”
He has shown us that it is possible to change the world. So to all our RockCorps volunteers, in South Africa and around the world, let us be inspired by what he stood for, and celebrate his legacy today.
This year RockCorps partnered with Coca-Cola® to bring the platform to Africa for the first time.
Coca-Cola and their partner ABI began the platform with a recycling programme in hundreds of local High Schools. High Schools who recycled the most went on to take part in the platform - Give, Get Given.
Over the past few months 2,000 teens aged 13-19 years old, from the High Schools who recycled the most, have given four hours of their time at Coca-Cola® RockCorps community projects around the Gauteng Province in South Africa.
For the first time ever, youth volunteers were able to share the celebration with a friend, and on 16th November 2013, 4,000 teenagers descended on Johannesburg's Ellis Park Arena.
It was an unforgettable night as they celebrated their hard work with Busta Rhymes, Ciara, D’Banj and local act Teargas.
The atmosphere was electric as the artists rewarded the volunteers for their hard work.
Ciara putting on an amazing show
Busta Rhymes hyping up the thousands of youth volunteers - very happy volunteers
4,000 very excited teenagers
D'Banj came down from Lagos to join the celebration
Teargas, representing Johannesburg
Giving four hours
Check out our first film from Coca-Cola RockCorps in South Africa
'Drinking From The Bottle' singer Tinie Tempah will be part of the Optus RockCorps concert, replacing Labrinth on the line-up that also includes The Script and Guy Sebastian.
Tinie Tempah loves RockCorps and has performed at our concerts in the UK and France. “I love the organisation, I love what they do, I love that it’s all about getting young people volunteering and giving up their own time,” Tinie Tempah said. “I’ve done a few things for them in the UK as well and even in France so it’s going to be good to do it in Australia.”
No-one can buy tickets to the OPTUS RockCorps concert taking place at Horden Pavillion on 11 April 2013, they have to be earned. If you’re keen to get involved and do something for a good cause then get rewarded by seeing The Script, Tinie Tempah and Guy Sebastian live in concert, start by registering atwww.optusrockcorps.com.au
On Monday we launched OPTUS RockCorps in Sydney, the first time RockCorps has come to Australia.
To celebrate the launch, renowned anti-graffiti artist, Judd Shoppee spent four hours creating a large mural inspired by the themes of volunteering and music.
In this mural we revealed the music artists who will play at the first OPTUS RockCorps concert - The Script, Labrinth and Guy Sebastian - in Sydney on 11th April 2013
Australian artist, Guy Sebastian invited young people to get involved, saying that said OPTUS RockCorps would introduce volunteering to thousands of young people.
"You have to give back - if you don't, life gets inbalanced and I think something like this gives people the chance to get out of their comfort zone and do a good deed. They get a reward but it's still a good deed."
We're pretty excited about our first partnership in the southern hemisphere. The first step towards year round, non stop RockCorps concerts around the world!
Year Here is a six-month programme for young people who are committed to making a difference in society.
Year Here challenges young people to a year of tackling social issues in their own backyard. As a Year Here fellow, you will work on some of the biggest challenges facing British society – including educational disadvantage, ageing and isolation, and homelessness. They give you volunteering experiences at the frontline of Britain’s social sector, a programme of social innovation training and work experience, and an opportunity to flex your entrepreneurial muscles.
The first fellowship kicks off in 2013.
The Year Here experience covers lots of ground – from exploring the worlds of politics and social entrepreneurship to exhibiting your own films and photography in a top London gallery. Exploring all this gives you the chance to work out where your passions lie, and you’ll pick up the experiences and networks you’ll need to move towards your new goals.
Costs and rewards
The Year Here fellowship is unpaid, although successful applicants will receive travel and lunch expenses. You will also need somewhere to stay in London for the duration of the experience, and raise around £1,500 to cover your living expenses throughout the fellowship.
You will benefit from training and support, including top speakers and advisors from across the social innovation world. You’ll also have access to seed funding up to a total of £2,800 to develop social innovation projects. Plus, they’ll cover your travel expenses and lunch expenses.
Worried by the prospect of raising £1,500? If you are concerned that you won’t be able to raise the funds in time, there are different financing options available to you. You will also need somewhere to stay in London for the duration of the experience.
Find out more about the Year Here experience and sign up to meet them at a Year Here event. The application deadline is 12th December – so apply early to avoid disappointment.
Teenage Cancer Trust’s Collection Weekend at Argos stores across the UK!
The teenage cancer charity, Teenage Cancer Trust have a fantastic opportunity for volunteer bucket collectors at Argos stores across the UK on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2013. This is an amazing chance to raise much needed funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. Could you sign up to collect and help make the weekend a success?
Where and when?
Give 4 hours of your time on Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th January to go along to your local Argos store to take part. You will be sent Teenage Cancer Trust promotional materials, and the collection bucket will be waiting for you in store, so it's really simple - just sign up, turn up, bucket collect, then get on with your weekend!
Up to three volunteers can collect at any one time, so why not organise your friends and family into shifts and see how many hours you can give?
At RockCorps we know all too well how music inspires people to take action, strengthen communities and give back. That is why we wanted to tell you a bit about a new initiative called, Opera for Change.
Yep, you heard us, Opera for Change! It all started when a group of friends with a love of music and story-telling that decided to make the bold move to take The Magic Flute (an opera) across Africa in an articulated lorry. Again, yes you heard us, an articulated lorry.
The group of performers and musicians are going to take the production of Mozart’s famous opera on the back of a lorry from Nairobi to Cape Town, where they will work with musical organisations, schools, communities and festivals along the route.
Opera for Change will create a travelling festival of stories and songs in collaboration with local partners, from Ghetto Classics in Nairobi to the School of St Jude in Tanzania all the way down to the Keiskamma Music Academy in South Africa.
With a programme of workshops, performances and community-based events the charity will draw on the indigenous music, stories and cultures that they discover along the way. Each collaboration will build links and partnerships that will develop into longer-term community arts schemes, both locally and internationally.
The journey kicks off this weekend, so to follow their musical odyssey across Africa you can get them on Twitter, Facebook or check out their website for updates and news. We wish them the best of luck in their journey; it’s certainly one of the most inventive ways to work with communities we’ve heard of in a long time!
For the third consecutive year, Orange RockCorps France went to Marseille, so that more than 2,000 volunteers could give four hours of their time to one of their charity partners in exchange for their precious ticket to the gig.
So after 31 projects, more than 600 rolls, 255 brushes, 1360 litres of paint, 1450 litres of compost and 12 kgs of nails the long awaited day has arrived!
Thursday, October 4, 2012, it had to be the Dome Marseille for the hottest gig in town to see Inna Modja, Youssoupha, Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill perform live!
Deezer UK are celebrating their 1st Birthday and we are giving one lucky Collective member the chance to win a pair of tickets to their exclusive party at the swanky Hospital Club, London on Wednesday 10th October and watch The Villagers, Slow Club and The Staves, live!
To enter, all you have to do is answer this question:
Which friend of RockCorps has the number 1 album on Deezer right now?
Email your answer to email@example.com with Deezer Birthday in the subject line, along with your: Name, age and phone number. You must be 18 years or above and a member of the Collective to enter! Winners will be notified on Tuesday 9th October at midday.
If you don’t win a ticket you can tune in at 18:30 on Wednesday October 10 for their 1st Birthday Party live from London, online at http://www.deezer.com/en/ to catch all the action in glorious HD streaming!
Parkinson’s UK need loads of volunteers to help cheer on their 93 sponsored runners in the Royal Park’s Marathon, London.
Do you think you have what it takes to cheer them on through 13.1 miles of green and leafy running? As a Parkinson’s UK volunteer you will make them feel appreciated for all their hard work and help raise funds for vital research!
They’ll have a cheer point at mile seven of the course (near Lancaster Gate tube station).
How to get involved: Contact Sarah Collard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02079639305 to register your place as a volunteer!
They need you to come to the cheer point for 9:30am to meet the staff who will be able to give you a t-shirt and cheering equipment (AWESOME). You just need to bring your voice! They’ll also provide reasonable travel expenses within London and refreshments. Volunteers must be over 16
All applications to be received by Tuesday 2nd October!
RockCorps brought 50 people to the Isobel Centre on the Isle of Wight to barter their way into Bestival 2012, and it was amazing!
Fifty volunteers came from all over the UK to all Give 4 hours of their time to Get Given a ticket to Bestival by working together to build wheelchair accessible sustainable vegetable planters for Pan Together, or sand, clean and paint a huge seating area, all the way to clearing tonnes of weeds from all over the area.
In the spirit of Rob Da Bank’s ethos of using all local Isle of Wight suppliers, we sourced all of our project supplies on the island through local suppliers and small firms! A massive thanks to the Isle of Wight Council also for giving us a tonne of top soil for the planters, how nice.
In total the volunteers completed over 200 hours of work cumulatively to transform the site into a lovely, clean and useable space for the whole of the Pan community to enjoy and use for years to come. The each earned a weekend ticket to Bestival 2012 for their effort, something which they will never forget.
The Bestival ticket was the icing on the cake for them, as was meeting organiser and general all round lovely bloke, Rob Da Bank. They all throughly enjoyed their time on the island and are still glowing from the beautiful Bestival vibes.
RockCorps have partnered with, Deezer, one of the world’s premier music streaming services! The Deezer partnership will offer the best music streaming service to all RockCorps volunteers and fans.
The partnership reflects what we're all about, ‘Give, Get Given’. Deezer will offer 3-month gift accounts to the very deserving RockCorps Collective competition winners who give 4 hours of their time volunteering for a charity or non-profit, as well as the ability for all to try unlimited music, anytime, anywhere for 15 days.
Mark Foster, Deezer UK and Ireland MD said: “RockCorps uses the power of music to inspire people to volunteer and give to their community so we could not think of a better youth initiative to partner with. We’re thrilled to be able to reward these inspirational young people with the unifying gift of music”.
Let us know what you think about this exciting news by tweeting us @orangerockcorps or head to our Facebook Page and leave a comment!
Maroon 5 join Buchanan’s Tiempo para Compartir volunteers in Mexico City to help paint a local school, and then play an incredible, VIP concert for 2,000 volunteers at Plaza Condessa!
The atmosphere at the Plaza Condessa, was electric, having the buzz of 2,000 people that had given their time to help others and rewarded with a concert devoted to their effort.
The DJ kicked things off whilst Buchanan’s flowed to get everyone jumping inside this stunning venue. Suddenly the lights go down and the presenters for the night take to the stage to welcome the opening act Javier, winner of "The Voice" competition. The crowd goes crazy.
Next up, the main event, the internationally renowned, Maroon 5! They burst onto the stage with incredible energy, blasting straight into their latest single 'Payphone', sending the audience into a frenzy. The show keeps building with a mix of songs from their latest album and their older stuff. An amazing rendition of 'This Love' had everyone singing along and as they closed with 'Moves Like Jagger', there wasn’t a single person not dancing along.
Recognising the volunteers, lead singer, Adam Levine said: 'I know what you have all done to be here and thank you' and so do we.'
Fatboy Slim is bringing his biggest and best Big Beach Boutique production to cinema screens around the world for one night only on August 31st.
Hundreds of cinemas across the UK, Europe, USA, South America, Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and many more will be hosting screenings. To celebrate the world’s biggest dance party Picturehouse Cinemas and Fatboy Slim are hosting themed events at eight cinemas around the UK.
We are offering ONE lucky Collective member the chance to win a pair of tickets to a screening of their choice!
To enter, you need to send an email with Fatboy Slim in the subject with your name, age and phone number to email@example.com with the answer to this question:
What is Norman Cook's hometown?
The participating Picturehouse venues and show times are as follows. All Picturehouse venues are licensed.
BRIGHTON, Duke Of Yorks 11pm LONDON, Brixton, The Ritzy 11pm LONDON, Hackney Picturehouse 11pm LIVERPOOL, Picturehouse at FACT 9pm GREENWICH, Picturehouse 8.30pm LONDON, Stratford PIcturehouse 8.30pm SOUTHAMPTON, Harbour lights Picturehouse 11pm EXETER, Picturehouse 11pm
The selected cinemas – listed below - will be decorated with Fatboy Slims signature smiley face and cross bones visuals and cinemagoers will be greeted with a pre show mix tape specially compiled by Norman for these screenings.
They’re also invited to come clad in their finest Big Beach Bootique attire – check the trailer for inspiration! - with the best-dressed winning a hand signed and framed God Bless This Acid House picture and the chance to win tickets to Fatboy Slim concerts. Runners up prizes will include Big Beach Bootique merchandise.