With hundreds of thousands of refugees in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, particularly across the Middle East and Europe, rock band Imagine Dragons and software giant SAP are joining forces to introduce the One4 Project to support refugee relief efforts.
The One4 Project symbolises the exponential power of one by encouraging people to download the Imagine Dragons’ newly-released song “I Was Me,” now available exclusively on iTunes worldwide and the band will donate their respective proceeds to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Further, SAP will also donate USD 10 cents for every download up to the first 5 million downloads from iTunes.
“The refugee crisis is incredibly urgent in terms of the number of vulnerable people being affected every single day. As a band we wanted to get involved and decided to partner with SAP and Apple to try and make a difference,” says Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “‘I Was Me’ is a song about trying to regain your life, which is exactly what millions of people are going through right now. Whether it is by downloading this track or by other means, we hope people everywhere recognise the severity of the situation and find a way to assist these families in desperate need.”
Robert Enslin, member of the executive board at SAP, adds: “SAP’s culture is reflected in our vision of helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. When one of our employees had an idea of how SAP could use two of our greatest strengths — our employees and our expansive network of customers, partners and friends — we felt compelled to see this idea through to fruition. Uniting the passion that SAP and our friends at Imagine Dragons and iTunes share for social responsibility through the One4 Project is a natural extension of these networks in action and represents the power one idea can have when supported by many.”
Funds raised will benefit the UN Refugee Agency in their efforts to provide aid and assistance to the increasing numbers of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict and violence, many of whom continue to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea. As Europe’s winter approaches, the challenges faced by these refugees will only increase.