Veteran ‘rebel rousers’ giving all proceeds of 1916 single to child cancer charity
The Veteran rebel songs band, The Wolfe Tones, has asked its fans around the world to commemorate 1916 by helping to support an Irish children’s cancer charity, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.
The charity was set up by Dubliner Jimmy Norman, an aircraft engineer, after his beloved 7- year old daughter died of a rare form of childhood cancer in 2010.
The cancer caused a 2.5 kg tumour, the size of a baby, to grow in her and required her to have all her blood replaced.
Jimmy set up Aoibheann’s Pink Tie with just a Facebook page and by 2014 had raised €460,000 to help more than 300 families with things ranging from the prosaic to specially made €300 dry suits that enable the children regularly in receipt of chemotherapy to get into the sea or swimming pools and swim.
Now Brian Warfield of The Wolfe Tones has asked the band’s extensive and dedicated fan base to help the charity by buying and downloading its new single, Last Moments (Light A Penny Candle) for a euro, a dollar or 99 pence from iTunes, Google Play or Amazon Music. The track will be available between 29 April and 12 May.
Brian said this time period was chosen because it was the period in which the 1916 leaders lost their lives a century ago.
“They shot our Leaders, now I’m asking all fans to shoot (the 1916 leaders) up to the top of the charts and let the world know about our great heroes. The Single will be released this Friday 29 April so I’m asking everyone to please get going and be part of this imaginative campaign, tell all your friends, tweet and retweet, Facebook, email, chain letters, ask your local radio station to play the song, whatever you can do to make this happen, Please, Please do it.
“In doing so they’ll remember our heroes of 1916, put their memory at the top of the charts with Light A Penny Candle and support a very worthy charity whilst doing so,” said the Wolfe Tones frontman.