ISPCC / CHILDLINE in association with RTÉ 2FM, along with some of Ireland’s top artists have come together to present a two week long digital live music event in support of children in Ireland.
Since last Friday 27th March, fans have been tuning in from 7pm nightly, to live performances through each artist’s official Instagram account. Performances have also been broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM every evening for thirty minutes. People have been donating in support of Childline and the ISPCC through text and online donations and can continue to do so into Week 2.
Hozier gave a very special and exclusive performance live on the Late Late Show last Friday 27th March, where he made an emergency appeal live to the viewers. Hozier’s Friday night live stream was followed nightly by Danny O’Reilly, Wild Youth, Kodaline, Dermot Kennedy and Picture This. Gavin James will perform tonight, Thursday 2nd April.
We are delighted to now announce the full line up for week 2, starting Friday 3rd April at 7pm.
FRI 3 APRIL – MARK FEEHILY – @markusmoments
SAT 4 APRIL – WALKING ON CARS – @walkingoncars
SUN 5 APRIL – HUDSON TAYLOR – @hudtaymusic
MON 6 APRIL – ORLA GARTLAND – @orlagartland
TUES 7 APRIL – SEAN AND CONOR PRICE – @sean_and_conor_price_music
WED 8 APRIL – LYRA – @thisislyra
THURS 9 APRIL – NIALL HORAN – @niallhoran
President of the ISPCC, Caroline Downey said; “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. Through the support of all the incredible artists who are taking part and RTÉ 2FM, we hope that this new form of fundraising will enable us to keep our ISPCC/CHILDLINE service open and running 24 hours in these unprecedented times. Childline is a vital service for children in Ireland. And we ask if you can afford it please support us by donating €4 by texting the word ‘childhood’ to 50300 and if you have a little more to spare, please go on line https://www.ispcc.ie/donate-now
Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy said; “2FM have partnered with the ISPCC over the last number of years and because of the 2FM Christmas Ball we have raised €600,000 each year for the charity. None of this could happen without the ISPCC president Caroline Downey. But this year we can’t wait until Christmas for your help. We need it now. So the artists are coming to you live from their homes on Instagram and 2FM. Come on, dance and sing at home and share it on your social using the #NeverGiveUpOnChildEver and create Ireland’s first ever remote festival. Please donate if you can.”
Listen to Caroline Downey’s interview with Jennifer Zamparelli on RTÉ 2FM here: https://soundcloud.com/rte2fm/caroline-downey-chats-to-jen-zamparelli – “All fundraising as we have known it has come to a stop so you do have to become creative. We decided to do a fundraiser in aid of the ISPCC – who is in dire need of funding, there’s been a 59% increase in calls to the charity since 17th March. Our volunteers are still going in, it’s a vital service, we need to stay open”
Life as we know it has been put on hold for now and so have the vital fundraising activities on which Childline depends for its continued existence.
But child abuse does not stop in a pandemic.
Nor does neglect.
Nor do mental health difficulties or self-harm.
In many cases, children and young people across the country are experiencing these issues more acutely now than ever before.
Many of those who contact Childline tell us they feel as though they have nowhere else to turn. They need our help.
Childline will continue to be there for them 24 hours a day, every day – but only if we receive public support at this critical time.
We rely on donations for 90% of our funding.
We are appealing to you, to help share a sense of hope with children. To let them know that someone cares.
We saw an increase in demand across all channels initially (website, text and calls) now the demand is growing in the online services (hits to website and SMS).
This may be due to the fact that everyone is staying at home and phone conversations could be overheard so children are choosing the other options.
There has been a 59% increase in engagements with children across all our online platforms since 17th March.
Your donation will be a part of every contact Childline answers.
Childline is here for every child and young person in Ireland at Childline.ie.
Children can contact Childline at:
Freefone 1800 666 666
Text talk to 50101
TO DONATE €4 TEXT CHILDHOOD TO 50300
ISPCC will receive a minimum of €3.60
Service Provider LikeCharity. Helpline 076 6805278