High Hopes Choir By RTE
I saw this programme on Irish TV during Christmas. For the public, it put a human perspective on homelessness and each person had their own sad tale of real life living rough and addiction. It was amazing to see the confidence each one of them got from joining the choir. It gave them back some respect and life purpose. Christy Moore was also touched by their story and their music and he wanted to support them. So he said he would release a single with them. He did and it was amazing. This TV project was a real success. It changed their lives for the better. The public were better educated to the plight of homelessness. Their music touched souls and broke down barriers. Michael D Higgins invited them to Áras an Uachtaráin for a concert, the ultimate approval by the President of Ireland. On the day they sang beautifully and impressed all. Great things can be achieved when we believe in ourselves and communities come together. There is always hope.
Provide funding for homelessness by buying the single on iTunes
Fairytale of New York
Buy Online at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/high-hopes-single/id930663617
Pay €1.29 and 90 cent from each download will be split equally between Dublin Simon Community, Saint Vincent De Paul and Focus Ireland.
The High Hopes Choir aims to help change the public perception of what it means to be homeless in Ireland today, as well as raising funds to support the services and facilities which play a vital part in ending the cycle of homelessness.
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The High Hopes Choir by RTE : http://www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/highhopeschoir.html