Selection of Wendy’s community/charity/activism projects over the years:
March 2019 charity concert in memory of singer songwriter Gavin Mee.
February 2016 fundraising effort in support of ‘Friends of the cancer centre’ Northern Ireland.
Their work focuses on three key areas – clinical care, patient comfort and care, and research – and the projects that they fund are in addition to the services provided by the Health Service. Each one makes a real and meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of patients and families across Northern Ireland. The charity was founded in 1985 and was originally called ‘Friends of Montgomery House’ (when the cancer services were based at the old Belvoir Park Hospital in South Belfast). In 2007 cancer services were transferred to Belfast City Hospital and the charity also moved home and changed it’s name to ‘Friends of the cancer centre’. For more information on the work of ‘Friends of the cancer centre’ and how the fundraising income is used, please visit:
So, in the spirit of having fun and simultaneously raising money for a very good cause – Wendy’s fundraising effort in February 2016 culminated in ‘The Wendy Jack Music & Variety Show’. EVENT DETAILS HERE.
Local Community Projects
(created as part of the Harnessing Creativity Project 2013)
Drumming workshops with youth groups in Dungannon 2013
Cross community drumming workshops for youth groups organised as part of the ‘Mix-it-Up’ arts project which was administered by Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and part funded by PEACE III.
Community Activist Team Building Session 2013
Wendy Jack was involved in (& provided the musical entertainment for) an adventure team-building event held on Lustybeg Island in Co. Fermanagh. Participants were from a selection of organisations involved in implementing community projects during 2013.
Arts Project 2011
During 2010 / 2011 WJM was involved in the local implementation of the ‘Cultural Diversity and Shared Spaces Programme’ in South Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The project received funding from the EU under its Peace III Programme. Wendy worked with a local community group to develop and design an art piece representing their history and cultural traditions. The result was a beautiful stone arch with engraved plaques showing the history of the local area.
Global Human Rights Projects
The Small Places Tour
In 2008 Wendy was part of the international team responsible for implementing a global music activism project. This was part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As part of this project Wendy Jack oversaw the co-ordination of 30 music events in Ireland (over a 3 month period), with both Irish and International artists participating. The project focused on both fundraising and campaigning outcomes.
Below are 3 videos produced to raise awareness of Amnesty’s work and The Small Places Tour. Video 1 features Michael Stipe from REM who met the SPT team and recorded this soundbite before his performance at Oxegen Music Festival Ireland 2008. Video 2 is an animated promo video featuring a track by Wyclef Jean (with Paddy Casey on guest vocals). Video 3 is a compilation of various artists recording their messages of support for Amnesty International and Human Rights.
Carols For Freedom
From 2005 until 2008 Wendy Jack curated, produced, marketed and stage managed the prestigious Carols For Freedom fundraising concert in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin for Amnesty International Ireland. Those who participated were from choral, classical, contemporary and traditional backgrounds. Artists included Mary Black, Hazel O’Connor, Eleanor McEvoy, John Spillane, Foy Vance, Liam O’Flynn, Cora Venus Lunny, The Christ Church Choir, RTÉ Cór na nÓg, The Guinness Choir, Virginia Kerr, Liam Lawton, and many other artists who gave their time and talent in support of Amnesty’s human rights work. Bethan Kilfoil from RTÉ performed duties as MC and Christ Church was filled to capacity for each very memorable concert.
The One World Choir
Wendy Jack has also lived and worked in South Africa. While based in Johannesburg, she took the opportunity to start up a multi-cultural choir (called The One World Choir), with members coming from Soweto, Germany, Holland, Scotland and Ireland. They performed at various community events and festivals and even took the opportunity to visit a local studio for a professional recording session!
Below are further examples of Wendy Jack’s project work in action. For more information please contact us.