Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

The Priests add their voices to Haiti music fundraiser

The priests

World singing sensations The Priests have spoken of the importance of answering the ongoing plight of the people of Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The chart-topping trio have teamed up with the Ulster Orchestra to host a benefit concert to raise funds for the Caribbean country as it continues efforts to recover from the disaster.

The Haiti Concert, being held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast tomorrow, has been organised by the Haven Partnership to raise money to support those still suffering from the impact of the earthquake in January 2010.

More than 230,000 people were killed in the disaster and around 1.5 million people were left homeless.

It’s hoped more than £100,000 will be raised from this weekend’s event so Haven can provide more shelter, water and sanitation to Haitians still in need.

Fr Eugene O’Hagan said he, his brother Fr Martin O’Hagan and Fr David Delargy are pleased to be using their skills as performers to highlight such an important cause and raise vital funds for people on the island.

The Priests have been singing together since they were pupils at St MacNissi's College, Garron Tower, in Co Antrim.

The trio have enjoyed great success around the world since first signing a record deal in 2008 and now have one gold and two platinum-selling classical albums to their names.

Fr Eugene said: “Haven remind us Haiti is still in need, so we are very happy to be associated with such a worthwhile case.”

Haven’s Northern Ireland ambassador Ronnie Foreman explained the current situation.

“More than two years have passed since Haiti was crushed by an earthquake which has caused untold human loss and suffering.

“Haiti’s recovery is a long way off yet and we hope this unique event will provide an amazing night of entertainment and a fundraising boost for Haiti.”

Ulster Orchestra chief executive Ed Smith said the orchestra was thrilled to support the Haven Partnership.

“Their work in Haiti has been absolutely invaluable.

“I am sure the evening will be a tremendous success and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Limited tickets for Saturday’s one-off event are still available.

Background

The Haiti Concert is being hosted at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Saturday from 7.45pm, starring The Priests and the Ulster Orchestra.

Tickets for the fundraising concert cost £35. For tickets e-mail: mail@havenpartnership.com or call 9099 2458. Tickets are also available through the Waterfront Hall box office on 9033 4455.

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