Draw me to Safety with Stella McCartney and War Child

‘DRAW ME TO SAFETY’ WITH STELLA McCARTNEY AND WAR CHILD

London, 22nd September 2014 – Today marks the beginning of the global project ‘Draw Me To Safety’ with fashion designer Stella McCartney  and charity War Child UK using young people’s  creativity to raise awareness and provide support to some of the most vulnerable children living in conflict zones around the  world.

The ‘Draw me to Safety’ art project was first launched in London with the UN Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, on the 10th June. Its aim is to use art created by children from across the UK and conflict affected countries to promote messages about what the concept of safety means to different children today.

Stella McCartney commented: “This project is about young people standing with children affected by conflict. Children see the world with clarity and honesty. War Child UK and I are excited to share their insights through art that will raise awareness and encourage the world to do more to protect children from war.”

Today marks the beginning of the project inviting artwork entries from children aged eight to fifteen across the UK answering the question ‘What makes you feel safe?’  Stella McCartney will then create a T-shirt inspired by children’s drawings with proceeds going directly to War Child UK. The T-shirt will be available in Spring 2015 in all Stella McCartney stores worldwide.

Rob Williams OBE, Chief Executive of War Child UK added: “There are children across the world who don’t know what safety means because all they have ever seen is conflict. Draw me to Safety is about the power of children’s voices to talk directly to the world. We are very grateful to Stella McCartney for her response to these voices and her support to help make safety a closer reality for children in war.”

Poline Akello, a War Child UK young ambassador from Northern Uganda who was a survivor of sexual violence following abduction into sexual slavery aged twelve, commented on the project:  “We need to provide a safe environment for children.  We need to respect children’s rights, treat them fairly and provide education – let education be the first priority for helping children in conflict.”

Entries can be submitted from today until the 31st October via post to:

War Child UK – Draw Me to Safety

Linton House

39-51 Highgate road

London

NW5 1RT

An online gallery will display the images, illuminating the juxtaposition and similarities between children in the UK: http://www.warchild.org.uk/draw-me-to-safety

For Enquiries please contact:

Gemma Cropper

Press and Media Manager

War Child UK

GemmaC@warchild.org.uk

T. 02079169276

M. 07769 694 111.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About War Child UK

Founded in 1993 by film-makers David Wilson and Bill Leeson, War Child’s mission is to support and improve the protection and care of children and young people who live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion in some of the worst conflict-affected places.

War Child looks forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war.

For more information please go to: http://www.warchild.org.uk/

About Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is a 50/50 joint venture partnership between Ms. Stella McCartney and Kering established in 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. The brand’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, fragrance, kids and adidas by Stella McCartney collections are available through 36 other free-standing stores including London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris and Milan as well around 600 wholesale accounts in key cities worldwide.

For more information please go to: www.stellamccartney.com