When a Gorey woman won a recording contract, she didn’t think about advancing her own career – instead, Aoife Parle decided to record a single with all funds going to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Along with Aisling O’Dwyer, Aoife wrote Silver Lining, which was launched on 25 November in Gorey, Co Wexford.
The single is a combination of Aoife’s love of singing and her work as an Area Community Champion with Tesco. Essentially, this means that, as part of her work, she creates links with local communities and organisations across the South East, and works with Tesco’s Community Fund and Food Cloud, and their charity of the year.
Aoife won the 2015 Tesco’s Got Talent competition, singing a version of Angel by Sarah McLachlan. Judged by X-Factor’s Louis Walsh, Aoife won a €1,000 recording voucher to use at her own discretion. She picked SL Studios in Gorey and she and friend Aisling O’Dwyer set about writing their own song, Silver Lining, which they recorded in September.
“I wanted to do something with the CD and decided to raise funds for Tesco’s Charity of the Year, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. My bosses, Lorraine Shiels and Deirdre Corrigan, heard about it and organised for Tesco to pay for the production of the CD. And it will be stocked in every Tesco store and they will market it. So, every cent will go to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.”
As Community Champion for Tesco, Aoife understands what happens at grassroots level in communities and she has seen first-hand the wonderful work done by the hospital. In addition, the song is dedicated to her best friend, Garda David Bolger, who died in an accident in December 2015. “There’s a message in this song for everyone, that there is a silver lining even in difficult times.”
For Aoife, the CD is just an extension of her ‘giving role’ in Tesco. “I love my job, I get to see how we help people. For instance, families can get food through our Food Cloud. Locally, Gorey Youth Needs receives food from Tesco Gorey which it uses for meals in its service. Or there’s the girl in south Wexford who is getting help through the Community Fund to get medical treatment in the US.
“Every Tesco store has a Community Fund – you can nominate a good cause in your community.” Then, every eight weeks, three local causes will be selected for the Tesco Community Fund. Customers can also nominate a cause online via www.tesco.ie/communityfund. And at the end of each phase, blue token votes are counted and up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three local causes. Recent groups to benefit include Seal Rescue Ireland and Gorey District Hospital.