The Lord Mayor of Cork will host a major fundraising concert next month to help the city’s homeless.

Cllr Chris O’Leary launched details last night of his summer charity musical evening in City Hall in aid of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP), which will feature a visiting orchestra from the US.

The Let’s Make It Work concert in City Hall on June 17 will feature the visiting Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Orchestra from Chicago, supported by a seven-piece jazz ensemble, and guest tenor Paul Byrom of The Three Tenors.

The MYAC includes some of the most accomplished young musicians in the US. Their concert will showcase the best songs from Broadway musicals, Hollywood films, and theatre.

The event is being supported by the Irish Examiner and The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM.

SVP operates two hostels in the city with a combined total of 125 beds, as well as several social housing units. SVP homeless services manager, John Calnan, said their frontline volunteers are encountering a rising number of people under threat of losing their homes and try to help by providing food, paying for heat, and offering education support.

Last winter, SVP had to clear office space at its St Vincent’s Hostel to provide five extra emergency beds. “Due to continuing heavy demand, these emergency beds could not be removed and the situation looks likely to continue for the foreseeable future,” Mr Calnan said.

Mr O’Leary said he was delighted to host the concert in City Hall to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness: “It is an issue which I hold dear and one which I referred to as being one of my priorities on my election as Lord Mayor in June 2015. I am hopeful that the people of Cork will come out in numbers to support and generate funds for this very deserving cause.”

Irish Examiner marketing manager Karen O’Donoghue said: “This is a great initiative that will help raise much needed funds for one of Cork’s great charities and bring a top quality evening of entertainment to the city.”

Tickets, priced at €15, will be on sale soon from the Irish Examiner office on Oliver Plunkett Street, tel: 021-4802393 or 021-4802208, and from SVP’s office at 2 Tuckey Street, tel 021-4270 444.


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