The Christmas Spirit LK music video has been out for one week today, and is well on the way to reaching its fundraising target thanks to generous donations from young and old.
The launch night on December 1st saw the community of Letterkenny coming together to show they care for two important charities – The Donegal Hospice and Pieta House.
As the fundraising began, people young and old gave generously. Pete Rose, the Christmas Spirit LK organiser recalls one little girl named Sarah giving her whole month’s worth of pocket money into a donation bucket to start off the donations.
Christmas Spirit LK launched their music video ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ to a 120-strong crowd at the magical setting of An Grianan Theatre’s front plaza with an amazing outside projection show.
To a team of people it signified the culmination of over three months of hard work, but to the people there it was much more: it was the start of Christmas.
The night included mulled wine and mince pies provided by An Grianan Theatre for the charity event to put people in that Christmas mood and of course Santa Claus himself arrived to greet the kids with some chocolatey goodness.
The event kicked off with videos from backers of the project such as Irish international goalkeeper Shay Given, Fergal D’Arcy, Jason Quigley and Mickey Joe Harte, who was there on the night.
After the promos were done, the Christmas Spirit LK team decided to start a sing along to get the crowd in the mood and displayed the word on the massive screen of the projector for everyone to sing along.
After the four songs with the words, they decided to test out the level of Christmas spirit in the crowd by doing ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’: “It was loud and it was brilliant,” Pete Rose recalls.
Then came the main event – the video – explaining that all money raised would be split between the Donegal Hospice and Pieta House.
The video features 16 businesses from around Letterkenny as well as UnitedHealth Group, Pramerica, the Credit Union, the Donegal Hospice, Pieta House and the Letterkenny Gardai.
Famous faces Daniel and Majella O’Donnell, Jason Quigley, Michael Murphy and Mickey Joe Harte all make an appearance
People laughed clapped and sang along. It was a great night for Letterkenny, said organiser Pete Rose.
The Christmas Spirit LK team would like to thank An Grianan Theatre, Unit 7, Celtronic Studios, 4 Lanterns, C&M Embroidery, Shay Given, Mickey Joe Harte, Daniel and Majella O’Donnell, Fergal D’Arcy, Jason Quigley, Joe Langan, Laura and Crew from UnitedHealth Group, Angie Kirk, Tina, Nicola and Maria for all their help with the launch.
They would also like to thank everyone who has donated so far.
You can donate online here: #LetterkennyCares or in person at the donation station at reception in An Grianan Theatre.
Check out the video here!