Nokia and Brian Eno pair up for two great causes
Ten Nokia 8800 Sirocco Brian Eno Signature Edition phones to be auctioned for charity
December 20, 2006 - Espoo, Finland - Nokia and composer Brian Eno today announced a charity auction to benefit two of Brian’s favourite organisations - the Keiskamma Aids Treatment program and The World Land Trust. Starting on January 8th 2007 and ending on Febuary 12th 2007, a total of ten Nokia 8800 Sirocco Brian Eno Signature Edition mobile phones, individually numbered and engraved with Brian Eno’s signature, will be auctioned online with all proceeds going directly to both charities. A certificate of authenticity will also accompany each auctioned phone.
A tireless supporter of charitable causes, Eno hand-picked the two charities involved in the auction. Since its inception in 2001 as an art program to benefit one of South Africa’s most impoverished districts, the Keiskamma Aids Treatment program provides both HIV education and anti-retroviral drug therapy to the residents of the district at the mouth of the Keiskamma River in South Africa. The World Land Trust, a well-regarded UK-based conservation project, has helped buy and preserve more than 300,000 acres of ecologically-rich habitats from South America to the Philippines.
“I would like to thank the people who bid for these phones for helping towards solutions to two of the biggest problems facing the world: climate change and Aids,” said Brian Eno. “The World Land Trust seeks to address long term environmental change by planting trees and caring for the land. The Keiskamma Trust is a great example of an intelligent local response to a global problem, helping people with AIDS to manage their condition and live useful and productive lives”
“We are truly delighted to work closely with Brian, who composed the soundtrack to the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition, to raise funds in support of his chosen charities,” says Heikki Norta, Senior Vice President, Lifestyle Products, for Nokia. “In addition to supporting these two very worthwhile causes, each successful bidder will own an exceptionally unique mobile phone, each individually numbered and signed by the composer himself.”
Given its premium design, its value as a communication tool and companion is unmistakable. But for a limited time, the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Brian Eno Signature Edition’s worth will expand past that of its purchase value.
To place a bid on one of these rare collector’s items or to learn more about this joint charity project between Nokia and Brian Eno, please visit www.nokiacharityauction.com
About Keiskamma Aids Treatment program
The Keiskamma Aids Treatment Project responds to the enormous affect this disease has on the local community. The program has been raising funds to provide Anti-Retrovirals (ARV) drugs to AIDS stricken community members that have no other access to these medicines. The program simultaneously runs education and support group components.
Headed by Aids Counselor, Eunice Mangwane, the support group is working diligently to improve the quality of life for AIDS patients in Hamburg/South Africa and the surrounding villages. www.keiskamma.org
About The World Land Trust
The World Land Trust is an international conservation charity, based in Halesworth, a rural town in Suffolk, UK. Since its foundation in 1989 as the World Wide Land Conservation Trust, the World Land Trust has been working to preserve the world’s most biologically important and threatened lands, and has helped purchase and protect over 300,000 acres of habitats rich in wildlife, in Belize, Costa Rica, the Philippines, South America and the UK. www.worldlandtrust.org
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