Tuesday 25 October 2016

Irish stars get in tune for charity concert

Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

Rebecca Storm
Rebecca Storm

A host of Irish stars are coming together to raise money for Haiti survivors.

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Brian Kennedy, Johnny Logan and Rebecca Storm, the Dublin Gospel Choir, Connor McKeon and Charlie McGettigan are among the special guests performing at 8pm in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday, 28 October.

Event organiser Paul Harrington has said guests are in for a spectacular night: "An evening at the National concert Hall is always a special occasion - that said - a charity event tends to bring its own special kind of excitement and enthusiasm.

"Whatever it is about charity events, perhaps it's just the sheer chaos of trying to assemble busy people, musicians and performers always give very generously of themselves," he said.

On the night Paul Harrington's Irish Jukebox heroes will hear a selection of some of the best songs that Irish artists have ever produced with a few surprise duets thrown in under the direction of David Hayes and his eight-piece band. Mr Harrington said: "We've just commenced rehearsals and all the performers are very excited about this forthcoming event. It will be a great night celebrating Irish music from some of Ireland's finest singers and we will be raising money for a very good cause into the bargain. We would love people to come along and join us."

Haven, an NGO, facilitates the running of adequate water and sanitation, shelter training and education solutions for vulnerable Haitians in the aftermath of the earthquake which occured in 2010.

Established in 2009, the charity was set up by Irish businessman Leslie Buckley and his wife Carmel. Together, the Buckleys have travelled to Haiti on business since 2004 and were shocked at the level of poverty Haitians faced on a daily basis. They resolved to set up an organisation that would help Haitians escape their life of poverty.

Since then Haven has helped in real life ways for people on the ground. It has brought over 1,400 Irish volunteers to Haiti to assist with the building of houses through its Build It Week programme.

It has trained nearly 63,500 people in hygiene promotion and 733 in construction and set up workshops in gender, domestic violence, self-esteem, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and democracy, leadership and conflict resolution.

Tickets are available at www.nch.ie and priced from €35, €28 for concessions, while friends of the National Concert Hall receive a 20pc discount.

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