1. Celebrity Christmas altruism is back in full force.

    This year's incarnation stems from the marriage of insidious Christmas music and the Ebola crisis. The union has resulted in an updated version of the original 1984 charity tune "Band Aid" which managed to drum up 8 million pounds ($11 million) to fight famine in Ethiopia at the time.
  2. The 2014 version, Band Aid 30, features top British musicians including boy band One Direction (insert blood curdling teen girl screams here), U2 lead singer Bono (who is, by no means, a new member to the musical charity circuit,) conscious uncoupling advocate and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, as well as several other big name British pop and rock musicians.

    The final product can be seen below:
  3. Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)
  4. Band Aid 30 raised over 1 million British pounds in just 5 minutes — a massive success according to Bob Geldof, the Boomtown Rats frontman and co-founder of the Band Aid 30 campaign, who orchestrated the project:
  5. A large portion of the song's massive appeal ought to be due, in large part, to the social media machine propelling Band Aid 30's message this morning and over the past few days.

    Twitter is providing a platform for celebrities involved with the project to encourage their (often large fan bases) to purchase the charity single:
  6. British breakfast radio hosts Dino and Pete added these two contrasting photos showing Band Aid participants in 1984 and Band Aid participants in 2014, respectively.

    The contemporary version has been modified to include references to how Ebola can be transmitted through contact with infected loved ones.
  7. Below is the Band Aid class of 2014:
  8. And the Band Aid class of 1984:
  9. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago.

    Bob Geldof assembled a host of stars — including Boy George, Duran Duran, Sting, Phil Collins — to come together under the Band Aid name to generate funds and awareness about those affected by famine in Ethiopia:
  10. Do they Know it's Christmas ~ Band Aid 1984
  11. FIFA is also joining global efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola.

    Some of the world’s top soccer players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, are joining forces with global health experts to generate global awareness in the fight against Ebola. The campaign is called 11 Against Ebola."

    Take a look at Cristiano Ronaldo's contribution below:
  12. "11 Against Ebola" Cristiano Ronaldo
  13. The Ebola virus has killed more than 5,000 people since the first case was reported West Africa earlier this year according to the World Health Organization. Those deaths have been mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
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