Stella’s Voice, the Peterhead-based charity which fights against human trafikking, has ventured into the world of music for its latest fundraiser.
A special recording of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ has been released on iTunes and is now available to download at 79p.
An accompanying video has also been published on Youtube which encourages viewers to text ‘Voice’ to 70660 for a one-time £3 donation to help the charity.
Speaking to the Buchanie last week, Mark Morgan of Stella’s Voice said that it was hoped the Christmas record would help raise money towards the work of the charity and also help raise awareness of the global human trafikking problem.
“We are very excited about the song,” said Mark.
“One of our volunteers approached us recently and said he wanted to help raise some money for our Christmas Appeal.
“He swent and got all the appropriate copyright permissions and put a video on Youtube and overlaid it with text explaining what we do.
“His wife then got involved and sang ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ which he recorded and got it on iTunes and we’re delighted that it’s now available to download.
“All the money raised will go to Stella’s Voice so the more people we can make aware of this the more people will hopefully donate, thus helping kids and young people who are the victims of this terrible abuse.”
One of the latest hi-profile supporters of Stella’s is Lena Headey, who plays the bad queen in Game of Thrones and starred in the movie 300.
She tweeted her support for Stella’s on Tuesday, asking folk to download the track and also posted the link to the video.
“It’s great to have such fantastic support,” said Mark.
The track is available now to download and details can be found on the website www.Stellasvoice.org.uk
“We won’t really know until around February how well the song did, but currently on YouTube the video has received 2,842 views,” he added.
Meanwhile, last Wednesday Stella’s sent a truck load of supplies out to Moldova thanks to the generosity of the folk of the North-east.
“The truck has Christmas presents for the children and young folk, but is largely filled with toiletries,” said Mark.
“The price of toiletries in Moldova is extortionate with as much as £6 for a bottle of shampoo and £3 for a tube of toothpaste.
“We are once again delighted with the generosity of the public of the North-east in helping to fill the truck,” he said.
More than 60 girls are currently living in Stella’s houses in Moldova.
While living there, the girls complete their education, learn life skills, and grow in a Christian environment.
“Instead of becoming a sad child trafficking statistic, these children are loved and given a chance at a happy life,” said Mark.
“Two more Stella’s Houses will be in operation in the near future. When the two new homes are complete, they will each become a refuge for 25 girls
“That means we will be even better able to end human trafficking, as we minister to these girls who have been left behind,” he added.