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New venue opens with charity concert

New venue opens with charity concert

The very first show for the new O2 arena in Dublin, formerly known as the Point Depot, will be run as a benefit night for Childline.

The event will feature a host of pop acts including Boyzone, Shayne Ward, Scouting for Girls, The Script, Alphabeat and The Saturdays. U2, Oasis and even Britney Spears had all been mooted as being the first act to play the venue, so it comes as a surprise that promoters have opted for the Childline Concert.

Priced at €40 each, Childline tickets went on sale yesterday. Since the first concert was held in 1997, Childline has benefited to the tune of €2.5m and the children’s charity is expected to receive €400,000 alone from the December 16th concert.

According to a representative of the charity: “Childline would like to thank all parties involved with the concert including the artists, organisers and The O2 Dublin, who are generously giving their services and time free of charge on this historic opening night of the O2 arena.

“Their involvement will contribute significantly to ensuring that every child who contacts Childline will be heard,” they added.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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