Sandino’s bar in Derry is to host Andrea Begley, the winner of ‘The Voice’ 2013 on Sunday, August 24th. Andrea from Pomeroy, County Tyrone will be taking to the stage to perform alongside some of the top talent the city of Derry has to offer as part of a charity night for the ‘Royal National Institute of Blind People in Northern Ireland (RNIB NI).’
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ this week, Andrea, who was mentored by Danny O’Donoghue on the BBC talent show, said she ‘was extremely excited to be back in Derry and to be performing to raise money for a cause that has affected her like many others in Northern Ireland.”
Andrea who is partially sighted, has been involved with the charity since she was 19 and is now a trustee, feels a strong affiliation with its work.
“The work that RNIB NI does is outstanding, and the new offices in Derry can provide help to those who who are affected by the disability. Not only are we raising money for a good cause we are also promoting awareness that will allow the RNIB NI to continue to do the amazing work they do”, she commented.
The proceeds from the Sandino’s gig will go towards providing vital services to the 46,000 children and adults in N.Ireland who are affected by visual impairment.
When asked about how her life has changed as a result of winning ‘The Voice,’ Andrea replied: “It gave me confidence that my disability shouldn’t prevent me from doing what I want. ‘The Voice’ provided a fantastic platform for me to showcase my love of music and to express myself in a way that other shows didn’t.”
Also performing at Sandino’s event will br Victoria Geelan, Joe Kenny and local fiddle player, Martin O’Kane plus many others. The event starts at 8pm and tickets, priced at £10 are available from Sandino’s bar or the RNIB offices in the Embassy building, 3 Strand Road, Derry,