Shane Filan tees off for Concern’s Fast campaign 2015

Shane Filan tees off for Concern’s Fast campaign 2015

05 November 2015

Former Westlife star turned solo artist Shane Filan joined Concern Worldwide today to encourage participation in the 2015 Concern Fast.

Singer-songwriter and former Westlife star, Shane Filan, is giving up golf as part of this year’s Concern Fast. Photos taken by Jason Clarke Photography for Concern Worldwide.

Participants in the fast will go without something they love for 24 hours in order to raise funds for malnourished children in the world’s poorest countries.

A self-confessed golf fanatic, Shane has decided to ‘putt’ away his clubs on Fast day, Thursday November 26, to highlight how a small sacrifice can make a huge difference to the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. He told us:

I’m honoured to be Concern Worldwide’s ambassador for its Fast campaign 2015. I’ve grown up admiring the work of Concern and I'm happy to help in any way I can to raise funds for hungry children and people.

The Fast campaign aims to reach those less fortunate than ourselves. I’ve been passionate about charity work stretching back to my Westlife days and it's always nice to be able to give something back and help publicise the work of Concern.

Traditionally, the Fast campaign focused on giving up food but now people can fast from anything such as TV, mobile phones, chocolate, make up, or their favourite hobby such as golf, which Shane is doing. Shane continues:

Ireland has a fantastic record in helping the poor and needy across the globe and the success of the Fast campaign over the years is testament to the commitment Irish people have in raising funds for people suffering from hunger and poverty. So it would be great if people dug deep for the campaign on November 26.

Almost three million children will die from the effects of malnutrition this year, which is the equivalent of a child dying every 11 seconds.

The money raised during the Concern Fast will help provide high-energy therapeutic food for malnourished children and will also give families the long-term support needed to feed their children in years to come.

  • €20 could provide a week's worth of emergency food for a malnourished child in Somalia
  • €40 could provide a water filter device for communities in Lebanon with clean drinking water
  • €90 could provide agricultural training for farmers in Mozambique

To sign up for the Concern Fast, apply for a Fast Pack or to simply get additional ideas on how you can raise vital funds for Concern, go to concern.net/fast.

Each year pupils in schools nationwide give up food for 24 hours to help people who go hungry every day and this year there is a new and easy way for schools to sign up.  Schools can go online and create their online profile concern.net/fast.  Students and teachers can share this profile on Facebook and the schools website to encourage sponsorship and participation.

Concern’s Jonathan Power coordinates the Fast every year:

The Concern Fast has always enjoyed phenomenal support from the Irish public and we hope to see this enthusiasm continue this year. It’s a challenging but fun way to raise funds, but one that is always rewarding. We give developing communities long-term support so they will be able to feed their own children in years to come.

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Singer-songwriter and former Westlife star, Shane Filan, is giving up golf as part of this year’s Concern Fast. Photos taken by Jason Clarke Photography for Concern Worldwide.

Shane Filan tees off for Concern’s Fast campaign 2015

The annual Concern Fast was launched today with the help of singer-songwriter Shane Filan .