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Thursday 27 April 2017

Homeless choir takes songs and a message to Brussels

Choir members practise for today's performance in front of MEPs at the European Parliament
Choir members practise for today's performance in front of MEPs at the European Parliament

An Irish homeless choir is to perform at the European Parliament in a bid to raise awareness.

The High Hopes Choir, with more than 70 members from Dublin, Cork and Waterford, has been invited to sing in Brussels today.

The trip will see scores of homeless people flying for the first time.

"We started out to change the perception of homelessness and now we're setting about taking our positive message to Eur-ope," said Glenn Alexander, the choir's national co-ordinator.

"Our performance for MEPs will be an expressive way to show homeless people are as good as anyone else.

Therapy

"Being part of this choir is a therapy to homelessness and we hope more choirs like ours will be set up across Europe."

Author Cathy McCarthy, from Stillorgan, has given the choir €3,000 from the sales of her second novel, Stronger Than Yesterday, to get passports.

"What they're doing is incredible. It's such a big deal because some of them have never left the country," said Cathy, who is travelling to Brussels with the singers.

"I saw the choir on TV a couple of years back and was inspired by their fascinating story, so I knew I had to help."

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