I am so excited about going to the Big IF rally in Hyde Park, London on Saturday!
What's happening at the Big IF rally
When you arrive in Hyde Park, along with thousands of others, you will have the chance to plant a spinning flower as part of a breath-taking art installation that will be the size of a football field! This huge visual petition will represent the 2 million children’s lives lost each year due to hunger, sending the G8 leaders a message that they cannot ignore. You can make your personalised spinning flower on the day, or even better bring one that you have made at home. Download your instructions for making the spinning flowers.
Hear inspiring speeches from humanitarian and wife of Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, philanthropist Bill Gates, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Chair of Christian Aid Rowan Williams, broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky and Alvin Mosioma, Director of Tax Justice Network Africa. The event will be hosted by Gethin Jones and Myleene Klass and will also include exclusive appearances from a number of campaign supporters including Grammy Award winning singer Angelique Kidjo.
Then we will make a huge noise (feel free to bring pots to bang, whistles and vuvuzelas to blow, rattles to shake etc!) to demand change, making sure that G8 leaders go to Northern Ireland with our demands ringing in their ears. Because IF we make enough noise, they won’t be able to ignore us.
There will also be a children’s area, a blogger area, a youth area, a picnic area and much more.
And if all that hasn’t inspired you to come then read a message from Eddie Izzard asking you to be there. It is going to be an amazing day – see you there!
Join ActionAid in Hyde Park
Come and find us at the ActionAid stall where you can claim your free T-shirt to say thank you for all your amazing campaigning this year!
We are on stall number 2 in the Campaigns Zone, next door to Oxfam. We’ll have some giant ActionAid flags and 5ft ActionAid balloons so you shouldn’t be able to miss us, either at the stall or in the crowd. You can also call our Campaign Officer Caroline Jones if you can’t find us, on 075 3344 7618. The nearest tube stations to the rally are Knightsbridge and South Kensington.
We’ll be ready to welcome you from 1.30pm to give you your free ActionAid/IF tshirt, placard and noisemaker for the rally. The Campaign Zone will be ready for to public to explore from 12pm, and to avoid the queues it’s best to arrive as early as possible to plant your flower as part of the mass visual petition. We’ll also be holding workshops where you can find out more about what we’re calling for and hear from Elly and Joy, ActionAid campaigners from Tanzania and Kenya.
Stewards will be on hand to help guide you from one area to the other.