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Byline: BEVERLEY LYONS AND CATH BENNETT

SCOTS chart-toppers Travis are playing an exclusive charity event in Glasgow for the Make Poverty History campaign.

The band will join filmmaker Richard Curtis and Band Aid founders Bob Geldof and Midge Ure at the glitzy White Ball.

The fundraiser at the city's Hilton Hotel is the brainchild of entrepreneur Tom Hunter, who decided to act following a fact finding mission to Africa.

The event, in front of an audience of 500, is already a sell-out at pounds 150 ticket. Travis frontman Fran Healy, who is currently planning a repeat trip to the Sudan, is delighted to be involved.

He said: 'After witnessing first hand the critical situation in Africa I, along with my fellow band mates, feel compelled to help support the Make Poverty History campaign.

'We are delighted to be able to perform in Glasgow on June 25.

'As this event is being held a week before the world's leaders attend the G8 Summit in Gleneagles it feels vital that we all participate in what is probably the most important campaign of our generation.'

The event hopes to increase awareness of the demands on the G8 while raising funds for starving children in Africa.

Bob Geldof is expected to speak at the event, and appeal to Scots to join the Edinburgh rally on the G8.

He said: 'Especially this year, events in Scotland become world important.

'Anything that focuses on the poor and the weak of this world has a special resonance at this time.

'The White Ball is one more reminder to us all of the glaring disparity between our world and the Third World and that we must act to bridge the chasm that exists between us.'

The proceeds of the ball will be invested in partnership with Comic Relief - whose founder is Richard Curtis.

Richard, who has taken a year off from filmmaking to support the Make Poverty History campaign, will introduce a series of short celebrity films on Africa during the evening.

He said: 'It's the perfect event - raising cash and awareness at the same time.

'A million quid would be great - but a thousand quid would be worth it too - it's always dazzling how little cash can totally change a life in Africa.'

Tom Hunter, who donated pounds 6m to the Band Aid 20 campaign last year, recently visited the world's largest slum, Kibera in Nairobi and toured orphan programmes in Kenya and Mozambique.

He said: 'A child is dying every three seconds in Africa - you have to ask yourself if it was happening in the Western World would we tolerate it? Emphatically not.

'The G8 must take irreversible action to Make Poverty History

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Date:May 3, 2005
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