Category: Charity

Press: Sam Outlander Signed T-Shirt Raffle – Details

William Shatner is hosting one of his Hollywood Charity Horse Show silent auctions. This time around it includes a raffle for an Outlander T-Shirt signed by Sam on BOTH sides. Tickets are:
$5 – 1 Ticket
$25 – 6 Tickets
$100 – 25 Tickets

To buy your raffle tickets to enter visit William’s silent auction site here. It’s for a great cause and it’s a great prize. Good luck!

Press/Photos: Scottish with a Love of the Outdoors and a Link to Founder John Barbour’s Farm makes Sam Heughan the Perfect Choice as Barbour Takes on First Global Brand Ambassador

Scottish with a Love of the Outdoors and a Link to Founder John Barbour’s Farm makes Sam Heughan the Perfect Choice as Barbour Takes on First Global Brand Ambassador

Scottish born Sam Heughan has been chosen as Barbour’s first Global Brand Ambassador in a two year deal from July 2016. Sam grew up in Galloway, a short distance from the farm where founder John Barbour lived in the late 1800s before moving across the border to set up the first Barbour store in South Shields in the North East of England in 1894.

Sam 36, the lead actor in the hit international TV series Outlander which is filmed on location in Scotland, will appear in a selected number of photoshoots and PR appearances for Barbour and will work with some of the brand’s key wholesale partners in the UK and US, Barbour’s two largest markets. He will also develop his own signature capsule collection incorporating Barbour’s renowned exclusive tartans which are based on the Ayrshire District Tartan from where the Barbour family originated in the 13th century.

Paul Wilkinson, Global Marketing Director, Barbour said “When I first met Sam, I was immediately struck by the similarities with Barbour. The British countryside has been at the heart of the Barbour brand since 1894. Sam’s Scottish roots and his genuine love of the outdoors means he brings an authentic and very real connection to the partnership. Sam has a great respect for our history and heritage of over 120 years and he has worn Barbour since he was young. He will become the face of our exclusive menswear tartan collection providing us with an opportunity to create some original and innovative marketing initiatives that will make this a unique and very special partnership.”

Sam Heughan said “I am delighted to be working with Barbour and feel very privileged that they have chosen me to be their first Global Brand Ambassador. Being Scottish, I grew up with the brand and have always been a big fan – being born in the same rural area as John Barbour, in the south of Scotland. The company has a long history and heritage and their archive goes right back to 1910, through many periods of momentous history that fascinate me and it’s so intriguing to see how Barbour has adapted yet retained its strong identity. It has also been fascinating to see that while the design and styles of the clothing has changed over the years, the founding philosophy of providing quality products that are fit for purpose, durable and functional is still as relevant today as it was in the beginning. I have a great passion for the company and their employees that feels more like I’ve been welcomed into their extended family. I very much look forward to designing my own capsule collection based on this ethos and to representing the brand in the UK, the US and internationally.”

Sam studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and in 2003 was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer. In 2011 he originated the role of Batman in the DC/Warner Bros and Waterlane production of “Batman Live”, an international tour which opened in Los Angeles and went on tour to Las Vegas, South America and throughout the UK and Europe. On stage, he has performed in the London West End and at a variety of theatres in various classical and new writing pieces including “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Talented Mr Ripley” and “Plague over England”.

In 2013, he was cast in the lead role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz hit period drama series Outlander which is set in Scotland. Since starring in Outlander, Sam has received numerous fan generated accolades including the BBC America Anglophenia Man of the Year in 2014 and Entertainment Weekly’s EW-wy Best Actor – Drama in 2015. He was the Grand Marshall at this year’s Tartan Day Parade in April in New York which was sponsored by Barbour.
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2016: Photo Session #21
2016: Photo Session #21 – Behind the Scenes

Press: ‘Outlander’ star Sam Heughan’s generosity helps young drama club members attend youth theatre festival for free

“Outlander” star Sam Heughan decided to secretly help a group of drama club members in Borders, Scotland, after he received a letter from them seeking his help. In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, Australia, Charlie Dawson, who wrote the letter, talked about the drama club and how the actor helped them.

The Rowland’s Youth Charity was setup by concerned members of the community to provide an alcohol and drug-free centre for young people. The success of the Scottish actor Heughan inspired the group, and they wrote to the actor requesting him to lead the group in an acting class.

“Our Drama Club has been running for nearly a year now with a group of young people aged 12-19 attending every 2 weeks on a Friday. We do improvisation Workshops, games and are currently studying scenes from famous Scottish plays. At the moment we are looking at scenes from ‘The Steamie’ by Tony Roper. The group will split up into small groups of 3 or 4 and read through the scene then perform it for the rest of the group. Everyone then discusses the scene and what was good, what could be improved and how the characters were portrayed,” Dawson said.

Heughan has been busy on press tours, and filming the TV series. But, that did not stop the actor from recognising how important it is to nurture young talent, and promote organizations like the Rowland’s Youth Charity. He immediately contacted Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, of which he is a patron. The organisation conducts the annual National Festival of Youth Theatre, the largest annual gathering of youth theatres in the UK.

Young people from across the UK participate in workshops and have fun at the National Festival of Youth Theatre, and Heughan felt this is exactly what the group needs. The actor’s largest fan group The Heughligans donated the money needed for five members of the Rowland’s Youth Charity to attend the event, which begins from July 4.

“The National Festival of Youth Theatre is important to Rowlands as this is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to learn new skills and network with other young people with a shared interest in theatre. We will plan to learn as much as we can from other groups and bring the whole experience back to our own wee theatre group,” Dawson said.

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland has received £6,000 (around AU $10697) of the £15,000 (26,740) collected by the fans. This gives the drama club members free entry into the event. [Update: £15,000 was raised for two of Sam Heughan’s charities. Heughligans don’t handle any of the donations, and the amount that was raised for the purpose of the drama club has been donated to them in full].

The whole idea of approaching Heughan was a result of Dawson wanting to get a young person a course in drama, but this person couldn’t afford the fees at Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.

When Dawson received a phone call from Youth Theatre Arts Scotland office, informing her of the offer, she was “dumbstruck.” She was told that Heughan had personally spoken with the organization to help out the “wee group.”

“Rowlands and myself can never thank Sam or Youth Theatre Arts Scotland enough as this has given some of our young people a fantastic opportunity that they would never have had before as we as a organisation would not have been able to fund this,” Dawson said.

Talking about “Outlander,” Dawson said that it was her mum who first read the books by Diana Gabaldon, and she apparently “would not stop talking about them!” “When I found out that the series was coming out I was a bit sceptical as I did not know how they would be able to match the books but I was proven wrong the show is fantastic,” she said.
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Press: Outlander star Sam Heughan raises £225k for cancer charity

OUTLANDER actor Sam Heughan’s ‘My Peak Challenge’ charity campaign has raised £225,000.

The Scottish celebrity will donate the money to blood cancer charity, Bloodwise.

The charity will use the money raised to help to fund a clinical trial of a pioneering new method of treating acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), one of the most aggressive blood cancers.

Heughan launched the ‘My Peak Challenge’ campaign in January this year, which asks participants to commit to completing a new challenge, be it learning a new skill or reaching a new fitness target.

Heughan, 36, and his ‘Challengers’ were able to raise the incredible sum thanks to donations from all over the world by those inspired by people’s incredible feats.

The money will be able to fund two thirds of the of the clinical trial to be held at Oxford University which will see a new drug, made in collaboration with Stanford University in California, tested on leukaemia patients for the first time.

Doctors hope that the new drug will help enable patient’s immune systems to kills cancerous cells and be able to fend off the disease returning in future.

Heughan shared the success with his 254,000 followers on Twitter on Tuesday night.

He said: “Here’s the final total! Can’t thank you all enough! #peakers #supporters

“Every step taken, every goal achieved!”

Speaking about the success of his charity mission, he said: “It’s been brilliant to see this campaign evolve and I am thrilled by the amount it has raised for the charity.

“Participants have achieved amazing results and broadened their horizons.

“This will have such an impact on blood cancer research and help improve the lives of patients with one of the most aggressive forms of the disease”

His loyal army of fans were quick to praise the star’s charitable achievement and shared their own pride in being involved in the cause.

@JoeyBierly said: “This never would have been possible without you Sam. You inspired us.”

@AnneSMueller commented: “I’m so proud to be part of it even if it’s not much from my side. Thank you so much, Sam, for mobilizing the Clan.”

And @HintonAlisa said: “The clan has spoken. So proud to be a part of it. Be proud Sam.”

The types of challenges undertaken by participants for the charity range from people being inspired to try their very first 5k run, to others who have scaled mountains and ran marathons.

The clinical trial that the money raised will support is for a drug called Hu5F9-G4, which it is hoped will help stop signals from a protein called CD47, which prevents the body’s immune system from destroying cancer cells.

There are already plans underway for a follow-up ‘My Peak Challenge’ in 2017.
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News: Silent Auction – Sam Heughan Signed Workout Shirt

Outlander Star Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) has graciously donated one of his personal My Peak Challenge workout shirts. The shirt will be signed by Mr. Heughan.

You can bid on the shirt here. There are a few other Outlander auctions available as well, here.