It is hoped that through the collective efforts of the ISPCC, RTE 2FM and Irish Artists great funds will be raised to help protect the most vulnerable children in our society.
ISPCC/CHILDLINE have brought together an array of celebrities and performers to help raise much needed funds for the charity. The purpose of the two week long digital performance event is to raise awareness and funds to help support the children of Ireland. Artists have been using their Instagram platforms to perform mini-concerts which have also been shared on RTE 2FM at 7pm every evening.
The fundraiser is in to it's second week and there was great excitement when the lineup was announced. With artists such as Dermott Kennedy and Kodaline taking to the virtual stage it is proving to be an excellent way of raising money and awareness of such an important charity. People can donate €4 to ISPCC/CHILDLINE by texting "CHILDHOOD" to 50300.
As part of the virtual concert much loved magician and illusionist Keith Barry is performing some family magic. He'll be teaching children some of his magic tricks and secrets making it the perfect opportunity for budding performers to learn the ropes. The magic class will be taking place on his Facebook page at 12.30pm on Wednesday 8th April and Friday 10th April. You can also catch up on Mondays's episode below. Huge numbers of families tuned in and many of them got a personal hello from the magic man himself.
The harrowing tagline for the fundraiser really highlights how crucial the donations are at this time because
"Because child abuse does not stop in a pandemic"
Speaking about the fundraising campaign ISPCC President Caroline Downey urged people to consider how important it is to #nevergiveuponachildever
" The ISPCC mantra is never give up on a child ever, and child abuse does not disappear in a pandemic, if anything it increases. The stress among young people, being sexually, physically and emotionally abused and the added stress of the pandemic is putting huge demands on the Childline service. All fundraising has ceased, we are in dire need of the public support because 90% of our funding comes from the kindness and generosity of the Irish public"
It is hoped that through the collective efforts of the ISPCC, RTE 2FM and Irish Artists great funds will be raised to help protect the most vulnerable children in our society. Dan Healy, head of RTE 2FM is urging Irish families to
Come on, dance and sing at home and share it on your social using the #nevergiveuponachildever and create Ireland's first ever remote festival. Please donate if you can.
To donate €4 to the ISPCC please text CHILDHOOD to 50300.