News

Local Concert Featuring Special Guests Raises £10,000 for AWARE

Local Concert Featuring Special Guests Raises £10,000 for AWARE

Published on Thursday, 28 February 2019

Posted in News

The Pro Bono Choir composed of barristers and solicitors holds a fundraising concert each year, but their most recent has broken the mould for many reasons. 

This week two local charities, AWARE and The Welcome Organisation have been presented with £20,000 which embodies the largest funds raised in a single concert for the choir.

The Pro Bono Choir were joined by several special and renowned guests for the concert including Friar Alessandro, a famed Italian tenor singer who has produced two albums, and Fr Liam Lawton director of sacred music in the Catholic Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, South Dublin. The Bar of Northern Ireland is lucky to boast one of Ireland’s premium baritones, Karl McGuckin who is a firm favourite among audiences. Attendees at St. Anne’s Cathedral to the O’Holy Night concert certainly showed their appreciation for the music and their generosity will help provide local charitable services.

Clare Galbraith from AWARE said,

“We are so grateful to the Pro Bono Choir for supporting AWARE and for putting on such a fantastic and memorable event in St Anne’s Cathedral. AWARE is the Depression Charity for Northern Ireland and provides information, education and support on the illness of depression. The money raised will help AWARE continue to provide its vital and lifesaving services into schools, workplaces and local communities across the province.”

Sandra Moore, CEO of The Welcome Organisation, said:

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Pro Bono Choir for selecting The Welcome Organisation as one of the charities to benefit from their O Holy Night Christmas Concert. It was such a moving event that will live long in the memory and we were delighted to be part of it.

“The donation of £10,000 is phenomenal and will have a real and positive impact on our work and, in turn, on the lives of the people we help. It will go directly towards our range of potentially life-saving services for people affected by homelessness – including our Drop-in Centre, our Street Outreach service, our Crisis Accommodation for Women, our Floating Support service and our Welcome Home furniture project.”

The Pro Bono Choir is supported by The Bar of Northern Ireland and The Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Tags: AWARE | Bar of NI | Cheque Presentation | Corporate Fundraising | Depression | Fundraising | Mental Health