For a modern day hero who gives selflessly of whatever free time he has left after writing, performing and broadcasting, look no further than Take That’s Gary Barlow! Not only does he write amazing music and given us his opinions as judge on Saturday night’s ITV X Factor he doesn’t stop working for charities. Yes, I know, there are plenty of people whose charity work goes under the radar and you know who they are, but I just felt the time had come to show some appreciation to our very own Gary Barlow – with whom, everything he does, goes over and above the radar!
Much of what Gary Barlow achieves in his efforts to raise money and awareness for charities is in the public eye. This is one of the reasons he makes such a great ambassador for all the many good causes in the world today. This is the reason that his efforts for charity raise eye watering amounts…with Gary’s involvement, contributions reach the millions of pounds mark. Gary Barlow makes a difference and when he does, he will undoubtedly – effortlessly (seemingly) entertain us into the bargain.
Being Gary Barlow means he has the power to organise such mega music events as the big gala show at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009. It was an amazing show with everyone who is anybody in music today involved in the show. The act that stood out for me on that night was the mad but brilliant collaboration of Dame Shirley Bassey and Dizzie Rascal. Two million pounds were raised for charity that evening and we all enjoyed one brilliant show!
Another big bad mad event was the Children In Need Rocks show. This one raised (thanks to Gary’s involvement) toppled six million pounds!
We all love Take That, both when they first took to the sound waves with “Everything Changes” back in 1990 to their comeback in 2005 when tracks like “Rule the World” and “Greatest Day” became musical history. But did we ever imagine the lead singer of Take That would be organising a team of celebrities for the assault on Kilimanjaro for the good cause of Comic Relief in 2009? I personally didn’t see that one coming but it was the time I sat up and took notice of Gary Barlow as a humanitarian other than a popstar, song writer, talent show judge.
Other charity work Gary Barlow has been involved with has included the Emerald and Ivy Ball duet with Ronan Keating where £650,000 was raised for cancer research, Help for Heroes in 2010, participation in “Everybody hurts” for Help for Haiti 2010 and donating his handwritten lyrics to the chart topping “Back for Good” for Teenage Cancer Trust.
After that Gary donated the proceeds to his first solo gig in eleven years that took place at Shepherds Bush to charity and amongst other things donated the proceeds from his tenth wedding anniversary event to Barnados. It doesn’t look like it’s to stop there either and Team Gary Barlow plan to take to the snowy slopes of the North Pole for Children in Need.
Looking for a modern day hero? I give you Gary Barlow. Raising money for charity is always a worthwhile thing to do. Many of us donate pounds, some of us donate tens of thousands of pounds but Gary Barlow through all his connections and the gift of music donates millions of pounds. Move over superman, in my book, Gary Barlow is the modern day SUPERhero!