Cancer choir win a powerful moment

by Padraig Conlon
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A choir with Lucan links and a very powerful message moved judges to tears on Ireland’s Got Talent.

Sea Of Change, an all female group made up of cancer survivors and supporters, had the whole country talking after their unforgettable appearance on the TV show last Sunday (February 3).

Their jaw dropping performance of This Is Me from the Greatest Showman brought the emotional audience to their feet for a well deserved standing ovation.

The 45 strong choir received a Golden Buzzer from judge Denise Van Outen to send them through to the semi finals.

Proud member and Lucan native Lesley Bereny told Dublin Gazette the choir hopes to inspire and empower other women.

“It was unbelievable when Denise pressed the Golden Buzzer but to be honest we were more focussed on the audience and interacting with them!” she said.

“We couldn’t believe the reaction when we walked out and everyone started cheering and applauding.

“Ian Brabazon is a Lucan native and our musical director, he looks after everything musical in St Patricks Academy.

“Myself and Antoinette Morgan Cosgrove are both cancer survivors and also Lucan residents for 20 years.”

Lesley explained how Sea of Change came about and what lead them to Ireland’s Got Talent.

“We all took part in the Guinness World record Strip and Dip skinny dip in June 2018 when 2,505 amazing women took part on a beach in Wicklow.

“I decided to call my friend Deirdre Featherstone who organised that and suggested we sing a song before we headed to the beach.

“With over 400 women squeezed into a room, we sang This is Me, it went viral and hence Sea of Change was born!”

The Strip and Dip raised almost €700,000 which enabled Sea Of Change to buy a house in Crumlin for families of children in Crumlin Hospital to be used as a respite for children and parents attending the hospital.

Now excitedly looking forward to the semi final, Lesley and her choir colleagues hope the attention from Ireland’s Got Talent and Strip and Dip will encourage people to go for a breast check or have a smear test.

“It only takes five minutes at your doctors and that is the message we want to share.

“Get your breast checked or get your smear test done, hopefully, we can inspire people to get checked.”

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