Clúid makes a big donation to ICO’s Sing Out With Strings school project

Sing Out: Erin Bermingham, Amy O'Connor, Kathleen Turner, Gavin Donaldson of Cluid, Gerry Keenan, ICO, Kerri Cleary and Sue Rowley of Cluid pictured at the ICOs base in UL for the cheque presentation. Picture: Brian Arthur/ Press 22.
Clúid Housing Association has made a donation to the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out With Strings project.

Clúid Housing Association has made a donation to the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out With Strings project.

The not for profit social housing service awarded a cheque worth €2,000 to the ICO’s community outreach programme, which brings music to children in regeneration areas.

Clúid’s Gavin Donaldson presented the cheque to children involved in the Sing Out orchestra, with the money raised to go toward a full set of uniforms for the kids.

The housing provider said it had been an “avid supporter” of the music education project, and funds were raised by both tenants and staff.

Clúid’s - who have a “vision of a society where everyone has a great place to live” - sheltered housing services co-ordinator, Rachel Lartey, raised funds by taking part in the Flora Mini Marathon in Dublin, while a sheltered housing scheme in Cork organised a table quiz for the elderly to raise funds.

“Clúid is heavily supportive of the concept of regeneration and so is delighted to play a small part in this initiative as it provides children with an opportunity they may not otherwise receive in music and culture,” said Mr Donaldson.

“We believe it is particularly important to promote social inclusion and tackle isolation and inequality in the most disadvantaged areas.

“The total immersion of these children in the music has achieved sensational results, changing attitudes and outlooks to school and education, particularly music education,” he added.

The innovative music project sees the musicians in the ICO and education officer Kathleen Turner in particular, work primarily with over 300 kids in Galvone National School, Southill Junior School and St Mary’s Boys School.

The initiative encourages children to re-engage with education, develop key life skills and reach their full potential as members of an ever developing community.

It has most notably seen an increase in school attendance as a result. ICO CEO Gerard Keenan said the UL based orchestra “wishes to acknowledge Clúid’s continued generosity” to the programme.

“The fact that the majority of the funding from Clúid is raised by voluntary efforts makes it all the more special and we deeply appreciate it,” he said.

“We look forward to developing further our education programme which continues to show outstanding outcomes and maintain our close relationship with such a wonderful organisation as Clúid,” he added.

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