By Tim Saunders on
David Bowie has left a legacy of inspiration, and without doubt made the world a better place.
“David Bowie was an icon and an inspiration for us all,” Keep A Child Alive said in a post on their Facebook page. “He was a longtime supporter and friend of Keep a Child Alive, for which we’ll be forever grateful. We know his legacy will live on and he will be remembered for generations to come.”
Bowie joined his wife, Iman, in supporting Keep A Child Alive.
“Through all his alter ego’s, David Bowie was one singular thing – a true Artist,” added Keep A Child Alive founder Alicia Keys. “He graciously performed 3 songs at Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball in 2006 and I have never seen an audience so enraptured. Thank you for all the inspiration! Especially the message to all of us to be completely who you are!”
The massive hole in music left by Bowie is matched only by the loss to the charity world, as the singer was well known for performing at charity shows, such as Paul McCartney's Concert For New York City and Live Aid.
In 2008, Bowie had a song featured on the star-studded Heroes album to raise money for War Child. And in 2010, stars such as Duran Duran and Carla Bruni paid the ultimate compliment to Bowie by recording his songs for a special album for War Child. In 2012, he donated a song to Christy Turlington's album benefiting Every Mother Counts.
Over the years, Bowie has made his mark in a number of charity campaigns, from designing plates for 21st Century Leaders, to designing lunch boxes for (RED), to donating artworks for vulnerable children in Africa.
Bowie was honored by music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, and supported charities and causes such as DKMS, Amnesty International and WhyHunger, as well the Red Cross campaign following the Japanese Tsunami in 2011.
“There’s a Starman waiting in the sky. He’d like to come and meet us but he thinks he’d blow our mind.”
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