Aoife Parle, an employee in Tesco Gorey, Co. Wexford, has this week launched a charity single entitled ‘Silver Lining’ in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The single will be available to buy in all 148 Tesco stores across Ireland for €2, from Monday 28th November. Silver Lining is also now available for 99c to download via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. All proceeds from this single will go directly to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
After winning Tesco’s annual employee talent competition, Tesco’s Got Talent, in 2015 Aoife used her recording studio prize to create this Christmas single for Temple Street’s Charity partner, Temple Street.
Speaking about her inspiration for ‘Silver Lining’ Aoife said: “Personally I was grieving for my best friend when writing this song. So for me it has a message of hope, it is about knowing that no matter how hard a day is, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I was also thinking of the patients and parents of Temple Street many of whom have very difficult days. With the support and care of the nurses, doctors and of all of the team at Temple Street, there is always hope.”
Aoife’s role as Tesco Area Community Champion gives her a unique insight into the real difference charitable organisations make across the country. Aoife’s job connects her with local communities across the South East and hundreds of local good causes through the Tesco Community Fund, FoodCloud and fundraising for Temple Street. After winning Tesco’s annual colleague talent competition in 2015, Aoife was determined to make a difference with the prize of studio recording time.
Aoife added: “Temple Street has some of the best doctors and nurses in the world but it needs on-going fundraising support to ensure it continues to offer specialist facilities and lifesaving equipment. When I won Tesco’s Got Talent, I decided to use the prize of recording time in studio to help Temple Streets’ fundraising efforts. I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received locally in Wexford and especially from my Tesco colleagues across the country. I would like to thank Tesco for giving me the opportunity to achieve my dream of releasing a single. I would encourage everyone to continue to support the work of Temple Street by picking up this CD, every little really does help.”
Emma Barrett, Temple Street Foundation said: “On behalf of all the patients in Temple Street I would like to say a huge thank you to Aoife and the Tesco colleagues for all their support to date. Please pop down to your local Tesco store and pick up the CD, which is the perfect stocking filler this Christmas. Every €2 really does go such a long way toward helping our little heroes!”
Tesco Ireland has been working with Temple Street as its charity partner since October 2014 and to date has fundraised over €2.1m for the hospital, helping it to buy life-saving equipment. Each year Temple Street Children’s Hospital treats over 145,000 children from across the country and operates the busiest A&E department in Europe. For thousands of children, Temple Street is the only hospital in Ireland they can be treated in. Through the charity of the year programme, Tesco colleagues and customers can help little people from all over Ireland get better and be real life heroes to children attending the hospital.