Cork's High Hopes homeless choir are heading for Brussels

Cork's High Hopes homeless choir are heading for Brussels
Lord Mayor of Cork and the High Hopes Choir on the special City Tour bus recently. Picture Clare Keogh

MEMBERS of Cork's homeless community will take their message of hope all the way to Brussels as they prepare to address the European Parliament.

Some 27 singers from Cork will join fellow members of the High Hopes Choir for the half-day seminar focusing on homelessness and housing exclusion in the EU. The initiative will see policymakers, stakeholders and homeless people discuss how the EU can work alongside governments, regions and cities to implement strategies preventing and eliminating homelessness in line with the EU and UN’s commitment to “leave no one behind” by 2030. 

Members of Waterford and Dublin's High Hope Choir, which comprises of singers affected by homelessness, will also be flying out to the event taking place on Monday, March 20. 

Coordinator of the Cork High Hopes Choir Caitríona Twomey said: 

"The event will include a thirty-minute concert and testimonials from members. It will be great to see all the choirs join together to make their voices heard. Our conductor Hannah Healy - a student of Christ the King Secondary School - is just 18-years-old and has already made such a huge impression. We are also hugely proud of our musical director Fabrice Fortune. There is a huge sense of pride around this trip. To represent those who are struggling and suffering is a huge opportunity."

She extended her gratitude to those who made the opportunity possible.

Cork Gardaí, Jackie White and Tony Kelleher, prison officer Gerry O'Dwyer, retired prison officer Gerry O'Dwyer and UCC's head of security, Pat Cotter will also accompany the choirs on tour.

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