The history of how this foundation came about is just as kick-ass as the three charities it supports. Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and a group of people completed cycling trips around the world in a group called the Truants to raise money for children's charities. Smallwood convinced Metal Hammer Editor-In-Chief Alexander Milas to join in on the Morocco ride, and over recovery beers the two decided that The Heavy Metal Truants would be the perfect offshoot to the Truants. The three children's charities are Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, and Childline/NSPCC. If you're into cycling, supporting those in need, and appreciate some heavy metal headbanging, you can even join in on one of the trips.
Slash (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) has always had an affinity for animals; in fact, he serves on the board at the Los Angeles Zoo. He now pays homage to the late Steve Irwin, and advocacy for Australian wildlife, via the foundation he set up in 2012 with the eccentric outdoorsman's dad, Bob Irwin. The goal of the foundation is to get people stoked on supporting advocacy for wildlife in Australia, as well as educate on why conservation is so important, so people will take action politically. Check out how you can help support Slash's love for Aussie wildlife here.