Two songs, recorded by the Health Voices Choir, comprised of staff from the Irish health service, are available to download from iTunes http://apple.co/2fXaZas
The cost is 99c per song. Proceeds from sales of the songs will go to Pieta House the organisation which provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm.
The songs are “Carol of the Bells” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. Watch video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-m7VCAhgUc
The Staff Choir Project was launched by the HSE HR Division in May with the support of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, and Beaumont Hospital. The project got underway with a request to members of staff choirs in the health system to get involved in recording a Christmas 2016 song to raise funds for charity. The first choir practice took place on Saturday, 1st October, 2016 in Blanchardstown. Two more practices were held on Saturday, 15th October in Tallaght and on Sunday, 23rd October in Blanchardstown. The recording took place on Sunday, 6th November in Tallaght Hospital.
Rosarii Mannion, HSE National Director of HR, said: “To support staff engagement and promote implementation of the Health Service People Strategy it was decided to invite all the health service choirs to make a charity record for Christmas 2016. We have a very good song to sing in the health service and an enormous amount of talent. Our aim was to involve as many health service employee choirs as possible and make a hit record for charity. Monies from the sale of the record will go towards Pieta House. “
Rosarii added: “We would love this recording to be Number 1 for Christmas. Please download the songs from iTunes. You will find updates in relation to the choir on Twitter @HSE_HR.”
The initiative is being supported by the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Director General of the HSE Tony O’Brien.