Nicky Cox and Anthea Turner at the MayFair Hotel, London, UK, 15 April 2015.
Nicky Cox (Editor of First News) and Anthea Turner - Alesha Dixon launches Children United and the “We Are The Children United” single. Alesha is the most well-known name on the single, the first voice you hear on the song is that of 12-year-old Patience who lives in a children’s home in Uganda after losing most of her family to AIDS. The pair are joined by thousands more children from countries as far flung as Kenya, Australia, India, USA, Uganda, The Netherlands and Norway who all feature on the Children United single. More countries and more children are joining the “world’s biggest pop group” every day and posting their recordings on YouTube. The song was written by Barney Cox and produced by Nigel Wright.
Around 10,000 children’s voices are on the song including 6,500 children from the Voice In A Million choir
who performed the song live at Wembley with Alesha in March.
Children United is an online platform which will bring children together from across the globe to discuss the issues that matter to them, and provide them with the opportunity to have their voices heard. The three founding partner organisations are First News, Achievement for All, and Skoolbo. They have been working with Microsoft to support the web development and integration of Skype technology that will connect children across the world in face-to-face conversations. Save the Children are the charity’s key NGO partner.
The Children United website, which encourages children around the world to “join-up” and be heard, opens for
registration on Wednesday (15 April) and goes fully live and interactive in September. The site will be moderated
by schools around the world to ensure a secure environment for children to talk to each other safely.