DROP HAITI’S DEBT
Vicar Street, Dublin, Thursday February 11th 2010
Cathy Davey, Julie Feeney, Villagers, The Chapters, The Chakras
and many more to be announced
including booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets
Doors 7.30pm / Show starts 8.00pm
A CONCERT TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE DROP HAITI’S DEBT CAMPAIGN
All proceeds from ticket sales to TrÃ³caire’s Earthquake Appeal
Nobody can fail to be moved by the scale of the human suffering in Haiti following the devastating earthquake, which has left hundreds
of thousands of people dead, thousands more missing and millions homeless. The response from the public has been phenomenal –
and the donations are urgently needed.
However, not many people understand that even as new money is pouring into Haiti to bring relief to millions in the aftermath of the
earthquake disaster, the government is still paying money to the International Monetary Fund and other creditors to pay off national debts
which corrupt Haitian dictators ran up in the past.
Today, Haiti still owes some US$890 million, much of it to global financial institutions, and is due to make millions in debt payments in the
coming year alone.
Supported by many leading Irish artists, TrÃ³caire will host the Drop Haiti’s Debt concert in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday February 11th.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards TrÃ³caire’s relief efforts in Haiti, however the primary purpose of this concert is to raise
awareness for TrÃ³caire’s Drop Haiti’s Debt campaign. While financial assistance is of paramount importance in the immediate, in the long
run Haiti will only recover and begin to build a sustainable future when its immense debt is dropped.
Ciara Gaynor, TrÃ³caire’s head of campaigns said -It will take decades for Haiti to recover from the earthquake. The country must not be
faced with the additional massive burden of debt repayments. Any emergency earthquake assistance must be in the form of grants,
not loans, which will only increase Haiti’s debt burden in the long run. The people of Haiti have suffered for too long. Please join the
call for debt relief, and help Haiti on the long road to recovery from this devastating disaster. Please support the campaign on
www.trocaire.org and join the -Drop Haiti’s Debt’ group on Facebook’.