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Thursday 19 October 2017

gig cancellations hit charity

THE cancellations of the five planned Garth Brooks concerts will have serious repercussions for one Dublin charity that were relying on donations from attendees for much needed funding.

Many Irish charities are devastated by the news that the gigs will not be going ahead including youth outreach organisation Don Bosco Care who had applied for a permit to collect outside the stadium on one of the nights.

"We saw it as a great opportunity to both fundraise and also highlight the work of Don Bosco Care," said Kevin Delaney, spokesperson for the charity.

Mr Delaney said, "The loss of the concert is not just a sad day for the tens of thousands of fans who were looking forward to seeing him, but it was a very big blow for us."

The charity is supported by the TUSLA, the child and family agency, but it also relies heavily on fund raising to support the residential, outreach and after care services it provides to 100 Dublin based young people.

Mr Delaney said the cancellations will leave a "significant hole in our budget" especially in the current economic climate which has been tough on charities seeking donations.

"We were hoping to raise somewhere between €2,00 to €3,000 on the night which would go a long way towards the essential maintenance of our houses to ensure we provide as comfortable and secure a home for our young people as possible."

Mr Delaney said the cancellations will leave a "significant hole" in their budget especially in the current economic climate which has been tough on charities seeking donations. Don Bosco Care is a Salesian run charity providing residential, after care and outreach care to young people in Dublin.

The charity began working with young people in 1978 when they set up their first home for teenage boys in Gardiner Street.

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