Cork Schools rock out in support of children in Bolivia

Blarney Street CBS rock-bands, Wildfire and Voltage, raised €1,187 for Centro Hermano Manolo, in Cochabamba Bolivia with their end of year ‘’World Tour’ of Cork’s Primary Schools.

‘United we are Wildfire, Blarney Street’  announced 11 year old lead singer David to screaming youthful audiences as he individually introduced his band mates who hail from six different countries – Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Latvia, and Nigeria.  These boys left primary school at the end of June and wanted to give something back before they finished 6th class.  Their aim on tour was both to entertain and share the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice.

Blarney Street CBS is a music-mad primary school on Cork’s north-side and is proud to be one of Ireland’s lead schools for Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders( EREBB). Following a visit and presentation by Br Elser Llanos of our fellow EREBB school Fé and Alegría school in Peru, Blarney Street decided to cooperate with Midleton CBS to raise money for Centro Hermano Manolo in Bolivia . They put their music skills to good use by performing rock concerts in eight primary schools around the city. With a repertoire ranging from AC/DC to Ed Sheeran and Echosmith, they catered for all tastes and all 8 schools were left thunderstruck both by the boys’ musical talents and by their empathy for those less fortunate.

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Cork schools dug deep into their pockets to support the rock-stars who spoke (between electric-guitar  and drum solos) at their gigs about Edmund Rice Development and their work with people in poverty worldwide. Their ‘World Tour’ weaved north and south of the river Lee and took in Gaelscoil Mhachan, Scoil Croise Naofa, St. Vincent’s Convent, Togher BNS, Scoil an Athar Maitiú, Scoil Iosagáin, St Marie’s of the Isle and a homecoming gig in Blarney Street CBS.

The tour didn’t go unnoticed by the media and gigs were retweeted on Twitter, featured on local newspapers and  also shown on tv with national Irish language channel TG4 featuring the boys’ gigs on their nightly news programme.

Wildfire were supported on tour by Voltage last year’s rock band  who remain together despite the band members now attending four different secondary schools.

by Billy Lynch, Principal Blarney Street CBS. 
Courtesy of 'Edmund Rice Development'.