Wednesday 13 December 2017

Concern Fastival 2010: Have fun for a good cause

Concern Worldwide launches Concern Fastival 2010: ‘the fast that thinks it’s a festival’ and aims to raise €1 million for childhood malnutrition

Take the annual Concern Worldwide Fast, add all the fun of a festival and what do you get? The Concern Fastival, which was launched by Today FM’s Ian Dempsey and 5-year-old Dillon Shinbach.

The Concern Fastival will take place on November 25th and 26th and will see comedians like Jarlath Regan and top musicians like The Chieftans and RSAG take centre stage in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Offaly, to entertain those who are taking part in the Concern Fast.

In addition to this, an eclectic bunch of events - from drumming workshops and clothes swaps to yoga workshops and 2-for-1 cinema deals – will also be taking place over the 2 days.

The idea is simple, sign up at, get sponsorship, fast for 24 hours and you can gain free entry to the gigs and events - it couldn’t be any easier! Friends who aren’t fasting can also buy tickets for entry to the gigs, just check out the website for details.

Concern aims to raise €1 million through the Fast, and funds raised will go directly to help reduce childhood malnutrition in the developing world, where Concern works with the world’s poorest people.

Over 200 million children suffer from malnutrition which can cause lifelong harm to a child’s physical and mental development, and ultimately affect their long-term productivity and earning potential.

At the launch, Ian Dempsey stated “I’m delighted to launch the Fastival for Concern. We’re set to have two fantastic days filled with entertainment and fun for people who are Fasting; it’s going to be a great way to get together with friends and family and raise money for an excellent cause. Over the past 40 years, the Fast has raised millions of euro that goes directly to help the poorest people in the world. I know Ireland is facing tough times but these people can’t be forgotten.”

Natalie MacDermot, Fast co-ordinator with Concern said “The Irish public have always been fantastic in supporting our annual Fast. This year we hope to grow this support by offering activities and events for Fasters to attend – so they can gather with friends and family and celebrate raising funds for a fantastic cause.”

To sign up for Concern’s Fastival, apply for a Fastival Pack or to simply get additional ideas on how you can raise vital funds for Concern, simply log on to or call 1850 50 50 55.

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