The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation choir will be bringing their talents to the stage for a major event at Croke Park in October.
The choir has been chosen to perform at Beyond Limits, a summit for young people with disabilities taking place on Saturday 19th October.
The Bluestack Choir is a fully-inclusive choir that celebrates all abilities through music. It is made up of young people who attend the Bluestack Foundation in Donegal Town, directed by Choir Master Fintan Gallagher.
And they will take a leading role at Beyond Limits performing with the National Youth Orchestra and St Pauls’ Special School, Cork for the finale. The Choir led by Wendy Fitzgerald McCarry, has been working with the National Youth Orchestra over the summer in preparation for Beyond Limits.
Beyond Limits is the first event of its kind, amplifying the voices of young people with disabilities and hearing about the achievements of those with disabilities.
The event has been created by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office to raise awareness of the rights of young people with disabilities.
The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon will be travelling to Donegal on Monday 26th August to attend the Bluestack Choir rehearsal. Speaking ahead of his visit he said: “The work being done by the Bluestack Choir is amazing. We are delighted to have them on board and I know that the National Youth Orchestra are really enjoying collaborating with them for this special event. We have created Beyond Limits to give a platform to young people with disabilities in Ireland and the Bluestack Choir is a big part of that.”
Speakers at the event include Disability Rights Activists Mark Pollock and Joanne O’Riordan, Paralympians Michael McKillop and Ellen Keane, and Izzy’s Wheels. There will also be a number of young speakers who will talk about their own lives and experiences. There will be sport and cookery demonstrations, information on education and employment for people with disabilities and much more.Tags: