Hundreds of people turned out to support Alan Hayes and his family last Friday night.
The fifth year student at St Kieran’s College officially launched a three-track CD to raise money and awareness for the Thomas Hayes Trust - a charity set up in memory of his brother who died three years ago.
Alan performed a number of songs on the night and thanked everyone for the ‘massive turnout’.
He performed an original song by songwriter Eddie O’Dwyer who made contact with the youngster after hearing his family’s story.
“He called up to the house and said he was not much of a singer and gave me the words to make the song my own. It is all about the walls of silence and how we need to break them down and speak more,” he said.
His mother, Angela also spoke at the launch and said that the evening was about ‘positivity and giving light and hope to people’.
“I know that there are people who are contemplating suicide and I hope that they would fight their demons and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“I am overwhelmed and delighted by the response and demand for Alan’s song. As his mother I am delighted that the proceeds from the song are going to his brother’s trust.”
The objectives of the Trust are to financially assist groups working with youth/youth development, suicide prevention and counselling.
Copies of the CD are available in Rollercoaster Records on Kieran Street.