I was honoured to be asked to act as MC for the recent Artist Without Borders fundraising concert in Dublin's Unitarian church, which raised much needed funds and awareness for the Calais refugee camp.
Blown away by people's generousity. I set up this fundraising effort and within 48 hours it raised €4000 for this young woman who I know from her work as a mental health advocate. Disgraceful that necessary state supports aren't in place but the kindness of people shows how there is hope from within the community.
From the Irish Examiner Feb 21st:
A fundraising effort has been established to aid a single mother whose open letter on her life of poverty went viral this week.
The woman, who states that she lives in Mayo, just 15 minutes from Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gained national attention in an online post in which she describes how she would greet the first election canvasser to come to her door.
“I have maybe four tea-bags in my cupboard and no coffee, so I hope if someone comes they will be content to drink tap water while I show them how the tagline ‘Let’s Keep the Recovery Going’ is simply a fantasy for those living on the poverty line,” the woman wrote.
“I will tell them how my young child went to bed last night with two pairs of socks on and a hat; while I wore my scarf under a hoody because we had no oil or coal to heat the house. I will show them how draughty my rented accommodation is and let them see their own breath as fog as they speak to me. I will tell them how I’ve been juggling single motherhood and my education for the last seven years and how I am now qualified with a CV packed with voluntary work and community involvement.”
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