- 25 Mar 20
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RTÉ 2FM and ISPCC/Childline have teamed up to combat child abuse during the COVID-19 crisis.
Two of Ireland's top recording artists, Hozier and Dermot Kennedy, will be joined by The Coronas' Danny O'Reilly, Wild Youth, Kodaline, Picture This and Gavin James for the first week of a two-week long digital musical event in support of children in Ireland.
The livestreams, which will take place every night with a different performer at 7pm, will begin this Friday, March 27 with Hozier. He will also give an exclusive live performance on the Late Late Show this Friday, in order to make an emergency appeal to viewers.
While announcing the fundraising campaign on the Jennifer Zamparelli Show, 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."