Video: Freddie Mercury gets turned into an Angry Bird for charity
I’ve long thought that I was born into the wrong decade. Older colleagues and relatives are constantly dismayed at my knowledge of people, events, movies, TV shows and rock bands that were popular and famous well before I was brought into this world in ’87. But I can’t help it if nearly everything that happened in the 90s was complete garbage (Backstreet Boys excluded, obviously – hey, I was 10 and a girl. Shut up).
It’s for this reason that I eventually found myself in a deep love affair with Queen and flamboyant front-man Freddie Mercury, who passed away in 1991 from AIDS. The year after Mercury passed away, his bandmates and manager set up the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS through education and awareness.
In 2010, London banker Liz Swanton decided to raise money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust by spending an entire day at work dressed as Freddie. She raised over £1,200 that day and since then the Trust has decided to make this an annual worldwide affair. Freddie For a Day is held every September 5, Freddie’s birthday, and people all over the world dress up as Freddie and get friends and family to sponsor them. The money raised goes to the Trust, and you in turn earn kudos for your fabulous sense of style.
The creators of the addictive game Angry Birds have paired with Freddie For a Day to release a new animated video featuring a special Freddie Mercury Bird (and an accompanying t-shirt) to help raise money and awareness. You can check out the video below and learn more about the partnership here.
And if dressing up isn’t really your thing, you can always donate to the Mercury Phoenix Trust by going to their website here.