Two music icons and also two of my favorite musicians have been actually doing the same thing: Paul Simon and Paul McCartney have auctioned their guitars for good causes.
Paul Simon is currently auctioning his personalized and signed Martin acoustic guitar to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a non-profit charity which provides financial assistance to musicians who have financial difficulties while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. It may sound surprising but 65% of professional musicians do not have health insurance, and aspiring musicians simply can’t find the necessary resources when facing emergency situations. The current bid is at $3,200, and the value of the guitar is estimated at $10,000, but you have to hurry up since there are only 7 days left to complete the auction which ends on August 20th.
Paul McCartney has auctioned his Martin D-28 left handed guitar, and this time the sale will benefit the elephants! I actually learnt about it too late as the auction ended on August 13th and the guitar was sold for $50,000. McCartney is a true animal lover, a long-time vegetarian, who has been doing many campaigns and ads with PETA. This is not the first time he has been doing this, but at the Dodger Stadium last Sunday, he had banned any meat from the menu of the food vendors inside the stadium, and as a vegetarian myself and a strong believer in animal rights, this initiative made me very happy!
The guitar was signed with a cool ‘This guitar saves elephants’ (a nod to Woody Guthrie) and the proceeds of the auction will go to the Nature Conservancy’s African Elephant Initiative, which has been working at increasing security and protection for elephants, still hunted for ivory.
‘To have Sir Paul’s support and working with Martin Guitar is a real honor’, said David Banks, managing director of the Nature Conservancy’s Africa Program, ‘This caliber of collaboration will make a difference to help end the worst poaching crisis in history.’
I don’t know if everybody is aware of the disastrous situation that African elephants are facing: 35,000 elephants are killed in Africa every year for ivory, which is the root of evil wars as ivory money funds war and terrorism, and conservationists has warned us that African elephants would become extinct by 2020 if poaching wasn’t curbed. I have a proposition to make to Paul McCartney, he should boycott all Asian countries, such as China and Japan, who are still importing ivory!
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