Stars shine for Warm Hearts

Tara Bradbury
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Hundreds help raise cash for Iris Kirby House

The success of Friday night's Stars for Warm Hearts show will see it becoming a tradition.


Hosted by "Republic of Doyle" actress Lynda Boyd, some of this province's best award-winning talent rocked the stage at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre, donating their time and talent to raise money for Iris Kirby House.

The Novaks, Chris Kirby and the Marquee, comedian John Sheehan, The Neighbourhood Strays bellydancers, Mary Barry, Repartee, Jerry Stamp, Ian Foster, Kim Wempe, The Long Distance Runners, Evry7th and The Dukes of Doyle, a band of "Republic of Doyle" crewmen featuring Boyd as lead singer had a 500-strong audience singing, laughing and on their feet clapping, especially with the grand finale: a heartfelt, all-in cover of Jackie DeShannon's "Put a Little Love in your Heart."

The show was held as part of The Telegram's Warm Hearts campaign for Iris Kirby House, and Telegram publisher Charlie Stacey told the crowd the campaign and concert would be an annual event.

Since January, The Telegram has been collecting new pyjamas, blankets and items of winter clothing as well as personal hygiene products like soap, shampoo and toothpaste, for the residents of Iris Kirby House, a 22-bed shelter for women and children fleeing violent situations. The campaign will continue until Feb. 29, and thousands of items have been donated so far.

For more coverage of the concert see Monday's Telegram.


Organizations: Iris Kirby House, The Telegram

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • John
    February 26, 2012 - 22:16

    It'd be nice to have benefits like this for male oriented charities or agencies once in awhile also. It seems that society has forgotten that there are plenty of disadvantaged and struggling males out there with lots of problems and no means of help.