The Mercury Phoenix Trust Celebrates Freddie Mercury’s 74th Birthday by Launching Auction supporting MPT efforts to raise funds to fight AIDS Worldwide
Exclusive Signed Artworks and Prints and memorabilia, PLUS Personal Donations from Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May
September 5th, 2020 would have been Freddie Mercury’s 74th Birthday, and to celebrate Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor and the Mercury Phoenix Trust have partnered with charity auction site givergy to offer fans the opportunity to bid on some truly unique items and help raise funds in Freddie’s name in the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS.
Claudia Walker, Head of The Mercury Phoenix Trust says “Thank you all, volunteers and donors, with COVID 19 still out there the fight is still on, big time."
Due to the Worldwide pandemic, the MPT has not been able to host its regular fundraising initiatives this year, most notably its biggest annual event, the Official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party in Montreux, which each year attracts thousands of fans from across the globe. The result of this, like all charities are facing at this time, is a drop in essential donations and fundraising, so the auction is a new and vital campaign for 2020 and The MPT.
Launched today, the auction page at www.givergy.uk/MPTrust/, allows fans and collectors to help support the MPT for the next month by bidding on an array of Queen related items, plus the chance to buy a ticket for the sweepstake Prize Draw that includes Roger Taylor’s personally donated sweatshirt that he wore during the incredible Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992 as well as personally selected items from Brian May’s own archive, including jeans worn during rehearsals.
Roger Taylor said “I bought this top from Daniel James as I wanted something a bit smart, a bit regal and a bit posh in honour of dear Fred. It was only worn once for the tribute show.”
Brian May commented: “We’ve managed to unearth some items relevant to the tribute concert in my personal archive – they are now all signed and ready for their new homes.”
Further items include signed limited edition prints from the sold-out Queen + Adam Lambert 2020 Rhapsody Tour of Asia and Australasia, signed Roger Taylor drum sticks, rare copies of the currently out of print 2019 'Time Waits For No-One' singles by Freddie Mercury, a Queen Happy Socks Box Set, and a signed 2017 Queen + Adam Lambert Tour Flag.
Full Mercury Phoenix Trust givergy Auction List
- Lot 1 – Signed Bohemian Rhapsody movie photograph and Blu-ray
- Lot 2 – Queen – Happy Socks Bundle
- Lot 3 – Freddie Mercury First Day Cover
- Lot 4 – Freddie Mercury – Vinyl and CD Single
- Lot 5 – Roger Taylor Signed Drumsticks
- Lot 6 – Queen + Adam Lambert limited edition signed poster - Tokyo
- Lot 7 – Queen + Adam Lambert limited edition signed poster – Nagoya
- Lot 8 – Queen + Adam Lambert signed painted print
- Lot 9 – Jazz album art print, signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor
- Lot 10 – Queen + Adam Lambert signed flag – Boston
- Lot 11 – Queen in 3-D book signed by Brian May
Grand Sweepstake Prize Draw includes:
Personal items donated by Roger Taylor and Brian May offering the sweatshirt worn by Roger Taylor during the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, and signed jeans worn by Brian May during rehearsals for the Tribute Concert - plus Blu-ray of the Tribute Concert, Original Brochure, Programme and Piano Vocal Guitar Book, Red silk sash and Original T-shirt sold in support of the concert.
Bid, buy a Prize Draw ticket or simply donate now @ www.givergy.uk/MPTrust/.
The page is active until 11.59pm (BST) 30/09/2020.
About The Mercury Phoenix Trust
The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of Queen’s iconic lead singer FREDDIE MERCURY who died in 1991 from AIDS.
In the last 25 years, the Trust has given away over 17 million dollars in his name and funded over 1000 projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDS.
The MPT gives to a wide range of Education and Awareness projects, principally targeting young people in the developing world. Over 18 million orphans who have lost one or both parents to AIDS are in desperate need of help as they struggle to survive and build their lives, often becoming ‘head of the family’ for their smaller siblings.
This disease impacts on the whole community, down to the grandparents who find themselves caring for their deceased children’s children. They too need aid and information. The way to combat this disease is through knowledge and essential support.
Although giving to the large NGOs and well-known charities, the greater part of MPT funding goes directly to small grassroots organisations which the bigger charities tend to overlook, and where it is felt the recipients will achieve value for money.
The projects the Trust funds are spread across the globe and in total, The MPT has now given to projects in 57 countries.