A GROUP of transition year students are reaching out to a classmate battling cancer with a song they hope will make the Christmas number one spot.
The boys of St Colman's College in Fermoy organised a mobile recording studio to travel to the school where they recorded their new single, a cover of the Bill Wither's song Lean on Me.
Their hope is that the student, whose identity is being protected, will derive strength from their efforts. Funds raised from the CD will be divided between Our Lady's Children's' Hospital in Crumlin, the Ronald McDonald House and the boy's family.
The CD will be available to purchase on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify as well as in the community.
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.
Music teacher at the school, Sarah Barry, who is heading the project said: "The words of this song are very strong. We wanted to send a message of support from all the boys in St Colman's. Mark Cahill, a respected music producer, got on board to provide recording facilities. All the students are really excited."
It is believed the teenager at the focus of the campaign has been touched by his peer's extraordinary gesture.
"He was really delighted about the single, but right now is focused on getting as well as possible. This is a well-liked and popular student who is really missed at the moment. We are so looking forward to having him back."
She extended a message of support to the boy adding:
"We want him to know that he has hundreds of big strong boys behind him offering their support. We are a really tight-knit school here so when something like this happens everyone is affected. We want this to be a really positive campaign that will send out good vibes to help this student get better."
To find out more and receive updates on the campaign visit Colmansstandtogether on Twitter.