A group of Dublin-based students have launched their own single to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
The group launched the single, a cover of One Republic’s I Lived, on Thursday and had some high-profile support for their project with Aslan duo Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell visiting rehearsals.
Aged from 4-years-old to 19-years-old the group, Eclipse Stage School, features 80 singers from all across Dublin performing on the charity track.
Eclipse Stage School is based in Kilbarrack and run by creative director and choreographer Kenneth Giles who decided to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society after he was diagnosed with skin cancer aged 26.
The rare form of skin cancer developed under Kenneth’s eye on two occasions during a 12 month period. He said: I’ve had some sunburn when on holidays, which definitely added to the damage, but I never realised Irish sun without protection, repeatedly on your skin can cause so much damage.”
The Dublin group recorded and produced the charity single at Herbert Studios and launched the song at the Aviva Stadium last week.
Kenneth said: “Sun protection and health within day to day life needs to be at the centre of attention among young people and old in Ireland as over 50% of young people are now using sun beds, tanning injections or over exposing themselves to sun rays whilst on holidays without knowing the true effects it can have on the body and skin.”
The group has won many accolades in recent years and performed at the annual Cancer Conference to launch the single recently.
Members of the group have picked up awards for Best Stage School in Ireland, Dance Group of the Year and have performed at venues including the RDS, Croke Park Stadium and the O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College which will host the Eclipse Stage School 10th birthday show on November 3.
Dublin man Kenneth added: “I Lived is a song which focuses on living every moment of life and being able to say you have done it all. [The single] is available from all digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play as well as the music video on YouTube. We hope that you can support the charity and our efforts to raise awareness of this condition among every generation from kids to the elderly, no one is immune from cancer.”