May 31, 2013 13:52

Muse, Blur and Mumford & Sons call for votes to help War Child win £500,000 fund

Your vote could help the charity protect more vulnerable children from sexual violence

Muse, Blur and Mumford & Sons call for votes to help War Child win £500,000 fund

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A raft of musicians – including Blur, Muse, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons have thrown their weight behind War Child's bid to win a £500,000 grant to help protect some of the world's most vulnerable children.

War Child is one of 10 charities shortlisted in the Google UK Global Impact Challenge, which is a new digital project aimed at reducing sexual violence and supporting vulnerable children in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. As many as two young children an hour are victims of rape in Goma, and the UN has labeled it the "rape capital of the world". If awarded the £500,000 grant, War Child will use free helplines and SMS technology to give children access to support, enabling it to target responses and maximise help for vulnerable children.

Mumford & Sons said: "Our friends War Child are in need of your voting support". Blur, meanwhile, added: "Help our friends War Child win £1/2m to protect children from sexual violence. Please vote". You can vote for War Child here. Voting closes at midnight tonight.

Earlier this year, War Child received the Special Recognition Award at this year's BRIT Awards to mark its 20th Anniversary and two decades of working closely with music to raise awareness and funds to help children affected by war.

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