Magic on Times Square
Times Square Event to End Poverty Features Marco Tempest.
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Last weekend the United Nations Millenium Campaign “Stand up against Poverty” staged rallies in over 80 different countries around the world, to remind world leaders of their commitment to end poverty by 2015. The main rally was held in Times Square in New York City, attended by several thousand New Yorkers. Marco Tempest joined such dignitaries as Eveline Herfkens, executive coordinator of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Campaign, Derrick Boykin of Bread for the World and U.N. Deputy-Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown as a speaker at the event. The rally was the first time in history that the Waterford Crystal Ball in Times Square was used for any event other than the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. It also set a record for the greatest number of people to stand up for a given cause, at multiple locations, within 24 hours, according to a press release put forth by the Millennium Campaign. Marco Tempest is one of the video artists invited by the U.N. to create special viral internet videos in support of the Stand Up for Poverty Campaign. He was joined by such internet video celebrities as Jessica Lee Rose, the teenage actress who plays Bree in Lonelygirl15, Hornet and the Dave Matthews Band in creating special videos for Youtube and other internet video sites to generate support of the campaign. After showing the audience how to get updates on the progress of the campaign by using text messaging Marco made his cell phone slowly "stand up" on his outstretched hand. Tempest gave some final words of encouragement: “When you stand up, things start to happen,” he said. “Just like magic.”