St Coleman's hit number one with Lean on Me

St Coleman's hit number one with Lean on Me
Recording of the song 'Lean on Me' by transition year pupils at St Colman's College, Fermoy. Teacher Sarah Barry with lead vocalists Dara O'Murchu and Eoghan O'Leary with their banners. Pic; Larry Cummins

FERMOY students have reached number one in the music charts with a song they recorded for their classmate battling cancer.

Transition year boys of St Colman's in Fermoy have made their teachers proud with their rendition of Bill Wither's Lean on Me. The song was recorded in support of a boy in the school fighting cancer.

Funds raised from the CD will be split between Our Lady's Childrens'

Hospital in Crumlin, the Ronald McDonald House and the families of those touched by cancer. Music teacher, Sarah Barry, who headed the project, said they are thrilled with the news.

"It's only now that we are realising the gravity of all this," she said. "Being the faces of a campaign like this is such a huge responsibility for the boys and they have blown us away with their compassion and maturity."

She hopes that the song will spread an important message.

"Everyone is learning a lot from this experience. We just want to get the message out that if you are healthy enough to help someone who isn't, then that's exactly what you need to do."

She urged people to keep the momentum going.

"People are so focused on money and presents this time of year. This is just a fraction of the price of a present and buying it means doing a good deed before Christmas."

She acknowledged the difficult time for the family at the centre of the fundraising initiative.

"It's been a difficult time for the friends of the student too so this has been a lift for them during a very tough time."

A music video is also being made to accompany the song.

The slogan for the single is #colmansstandtogether, and students and staff are encouraging members of the community to post a photo of themselves holding the banner and slogan.

The song is now available to download on i-tunes for 99c. To find out more and receive updates on the campaign visit Colmansstandtogether on Twitter.

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