Irish band Wild Youth have joined forces with Woodie’s to record a charity single – in order to raise money for four amazing charities.
Last year as part of a major charity fundraising drive, Woodie’s secured the rights from David Bowie’s estate to record and release one of the singer’s most iconic tracks – ‘Heroes’.
And this year, Grammy Award winning band Foo Fighters have granted their permission to record ‘My Hero’ as part of this year’s activities.
To record the track, a 50 strong Woodie’s choir joined Wild Youth in Westland Studios -where major stars like U2, Bob Dylan and Sinead O’Connor have recorded over the years.
They were also joined by Cathy May Foote (9) and Lorna Dolan (11) from Down Syndrome Ireland, who were beyond excited to take part and meet their heroes.
The single will raise money for four charities, including Temple Street, Down Syndrome Ireland, Make-A-Wish and Jack & Jill Foundation.
The single will be released on 23rd July, and you can show your support by downloading it on iTunes or woodies.ie.
You can also support by visiting any Woodie’s store nationwide to donate and pick up your Woodie’s Heroes temporary tattoo. Take a pic of your tattoo and share it through the “Wear and Share” social media campaign on the Woodie’s Facebook page.
The Woodie’s Heroes campaign has seen colleagues, friends, customers and suppliers put in a tremendous effort to “Raise a Smile” over the past four years, and this year they’ll continue to raise money through a massive array of activities in and out of the work place – including a gruelling 1,600km cycle across the country.
This year promises to be extra special, as Woodie’s aim to reach the million euro milestone. Over the last three years they have raised over €750,000.00 avidly fundraising across their 35 stores for their children’s charity campaign ‘Woodie’s Heroes’.
Speaking about the campaign, Wild Youth star Conor O’Donoghue said, “Temple Street, Down Syndrome Ireland, Make-A-Wish and Jack and Jill are four amazing charities, doing unbelievable work for children in Ireland.”
“They deserve as much help as we can give them, so we were delighted when the Woodies Choir asked us to get involved. We had a great day, there was some serious talent in the group and we’re looking forward to you hearing our version of Heroes. Dig deep and support this great cause.”
Woodie’s CEO Declan Ronayne said, “The Woodie’s Heroes campaign has been an outstanding success and we are very excited at the prospect of raising one million since we started three years ago. We are also celebrating our 30th Birthday, so it’s a double celebration for us!”
“Wild Youth are one of the biggest up and coming acts in the country right now so it is a real privilege and exciting to have them on board.”
“And of course we have to mention the incredible support we get from colleagues, friends, customers and suppliers to bring this campaign alive – it’s a true collaboration and we are so grateful for all their support over the past four years.”