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Saturday 24 June 2017

Host of stars turn out for Haven's charity event for Haiti

Carmel Buckley, Yvrose Telfort Ismael, Pierre Richard Ismael, founders of Hope House Haiti and Leslie Buckley, at the Haven Gala Concert 2017at the Convention Centre Dublin Photo: Fergal Phillips
Carmel Buckley, Yvrose Telfort Ismael, Pierre Richard Ismael, founders of Hope House Haiti and Leslie Buckley, at the Haven Gala Concert 2017at the Convention Centre Dublin Photo: Fergal Phillips
Emma Warren lead dancer with Riverdance has some fun with Mario Rosenstock as Michael Flatley at Haven's charity event. Photo:Mark Condren
Mario Rosenstock as Michael Flatley at Haven's charity event with members of the Riverdance team Photo:Mark Condren
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

A host of stars have turned out this evening to support Haven’s recovery work in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

The event comes after Riverdance Director John McColgan’s “eye opening and thought provoking” trip to the region last November.

The director wanted to experience the first hand reality of life on the ground and document how the Haitian people are rebuilding their lives following the devastation of the third major natural disaster in Haiti in just six years.

Celebrities who will join Riverdance on stage include Mario Rosenstock, Brian Kennedy, Kila, Róisín O and Patrick Bergin.

The event in Dublin’s Convention Centre is hosted by MCs Miriam O’Callaghan and Brendan O’Connor. It aims to raise awareness and support for the Haitian people, in a country which remains one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Meanwhile, Chairman and Founder of Haven, Leslie Buckley, said it is “a privilege” to welcome the McColgan family to the region.

Mr. Buckley explained how, during the McColgan’s visit, they had “witnessed the gravity of the situation”, while greatly aiding recovery efforts by raising awareness through their documentary work.

“We aim to create further support, and appeal to the generous Irish public to join us… to help the people of Haiti in their recovery,” he added.

Haven’s team has spent the last eight years leading recovery work on the remote island of Île à Vache, which lay at the eye of Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful hurricane to hit Haiti in over fifty years.

Having focused on the emergency response and successfully preventing the spread of cholera, the team is now focusing on supporting local people to restart their livelihoods, restore their destroyed farms, and rebuild their damaged homes.

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