Members of Dublin Airport Fire and Rescue Service have released a Christmas single to raise much-needed funds for three charities.
The Cylinders, as the band is known, recorded a music video for their Christmas “rock ‘n’ roll ode” at the airport fire station with the help of Directing Media, who made their services available free of charge.
Members of the National Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and Health Services also took part in the project while the Cinders provided backing vocals.
It’s the second year the Cylinders have written and recorded a charity single and last year they raised over €8,000.
This year the group has set an initial goal of €10,000 and encourages the public to ‘dig deep’ and give what they can.
The latest single is called “It Won’t Be Long” and Cylinders member Eric Flanagan said it fits the band’s passions.
“We’re rockers, so I described it as a rock ‘n’ roll ode. It’s Christmas, but it’s a rock ‘n’ roll ode to all the people in the emergency and frontline services who will be working this Christmas Day. You’ll be working in there while the family is eating chocolate at home,” he said.
The fundraiser is being run as part of the charity appeal nominated by Dublin Airport staff.
Each year daa employees vote on which charities they would like to support and this year the St. Francis Hospice, the Mater Foundation and Feed Our Homeless were chosen.
Inspired by blizzards Frontman Niall ‘Bressie Breslin, who set out to raise €10,000 for charity on a GoFundMe page last Christmas, The Cylinders had the same goal.
However, Mr Flanagan said donations have been “much slower” so far this time.
“Last year we got a lot of attention early on, but this year everyone’s fighting for attention because charities are finding it very slowly,” he said.
“Anything that people can give is great… We tell people to just dig deep and donate. Put your hands in your pockets and give what you can because these charities are having a really, really hard time.”
“For us, it’s about a bit of fun, but there’s a deeper implication in terms of the charities. So let’s just say dig deep, donate, give us whatever loose change you have,” he added.
Donations to the charity can be made through the group’s dedicated GofundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/g9mqa-dublin-airport-police-fire-service?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_content=undefined&utm_medium=chat&utm_source=whatsApp&utm_term=undefined.
https://www.independent.ie/news/dublin-airport-staff-release-christmas-single-in-aid-of-three-charities-42211559.html Dublin Airport staff release a Christmas single in aid of three charities