MID ULSTER Celtic Rock outfit “More Power to your Elbow” have thrown their musical muscle behind a fundraising campaign to train highly specialist guide dogs for blind people.
The band has recorded a classic Dance/ Celtic Rock fusion of the great Dublin standard “Molly Malone,” under the title of “Alive Alive O!”.
This is a story which started back in 2011, when Sligo woman Monica Wims lost her sight in an unfortunate accident on the family farm.
Monica’s son Raymond, who is a member of An Garda Síochána explains: “Naturally this was a major life-changing event for my mother who, before her accident, was a care worker with the HSE, ironically specialising in care for people with disabilities. However, her situation was totally transformed when she was provided with her guide dog “Guinness” by the IGDA.
“My mother now walks three or four miles every day and she can visit her neighbours and do her shopping as normal. This has been a huge boost to her physical and psychological well-being and it has done wonders for her self-confidence.”
The Irish Guide Dog Association, (IGDA) in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, the legendary Dublin nightclub Copper Face Jacks and music promotions agency MPI are all in on the act and hopes are high that this exciting track will achieve multiple downloads in the run-up to Christmas.
The track is available from iTunes.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping persons who are blind or vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.