Riverdance to perform at gala concert in aid of Haiti

Riverdance will perform in the Convention Centre, Dublin on 11 March as part of a gala fundraising concert in aid of Haiti.

Mario Rosenstock, Róisín O, Kila and a host of special guests will also perform at the event, which has been organised by John McColgan, on behalf of Irish charity Haven.

Miriam O’Callaghan and Brendan O’Connor will act as MCs on a night that aims to raise awareness and support for the people of Haiti, a country that remains one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

All proceeds raised will go directly to Haven’s emergency recovery work on the ground in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which hit in October 2016.

More than 1.4 million people were left in urgent need of humanitarian aid following the disaster.

Families, particularly children, found themselves exposed to cholera and other life-threatening diseases, as unprecedented flooding brought severe water contamination.

With between 80% and 100% of crops in south Haiti destroyed, many communities experienced chronic food shortages, posing the threat of hunger and malnutrition.

Haven’s team is leading the recovery process on the remote island of Île à Vache, which was at the eye of Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful hurricane to hit Haiti in over fifty years.

Having focused on the emergency response and successfully prevented the spread of cholera there, the Haven team is now supporting local people to restart their livelihoods, restore their destroyed farms, and rebuild their damaged homes.

Haven launched in 2008 and works solely in Haiti. They quickly moved from a house-building charity to one providing emergency relief in the wake of the destructive earthquake.

To date, Haven has facilitated the training of over 78,000 Haitian people, empowering them to build strong and sustainable livelihoods and to live free from poverty. It has also brought over 1,400 Irish volunteers to Haiti to assist with the building of houses through its Volunteer Programme; homes and shelters for over 21,510 people have already been built or upgraded.

Tickets for the gala concert start from €25. Visit Ticketmaster to book tickets.

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