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26th Mar 2020

ISPCC/CHILDLINE and RTÉ 2FM team up for fundraising digital music show

Melissa Carton

A fantastic idea.

Unfortunately, child abuse does not stop when there is a global pandemic and with everyone self isolating, it means some children are spending more time in abusive households.

ISPCC / CHILDLINE in association with RTÉ 2FM want to help by teaming up with some of Ireland’s top artists to present a two-week digital live music event in support of children in Ireland.

Starting this Friday, 27th March people can tune into live performances through each artist’s official live Instagram account.

Performances will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM every evening for thirty minutes and people can donate to support Childline and the ISPCC.

Hozier will also give a very special and an exclusive performance live on The Late Late Show this coming Friday night as he wants to make an emergency appeal live to viewers.

Artists will perform each day at 7pm for two weeks and listeners can show their support by texting CHILDHOOD to 50300 which will donate €4 to the charity.

Announcing the much needed fundraising campaign on 2FM today 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.”

You can support CHILDLINE by donating €4 by texting the word ‘childhood’ to 50300 or if you would like to donate more you can visit their website