Saw Doctors and Smyths raise €10,000 for charity

It's the closest thing you'll get to a Red Cortina these days — The Saw Doctors partnered with Smyths Toys  to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul with the release of ‘Red Cortina A cappella’ via iTunes Ireland.  For every download of ‘Red Cortina A cappella’ on iTunes Ireland, Smyths Toys gave €1 to St Vincent de Paul to raise much needed funds.  Jamie Darby of Smyths Toys presents Henry Geraghty and Val McNicholas vice president of the St Vincent de Paul with a cheque for €10,000. Also in the photo are Davy Carton and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

It's the closest thing you'll get to a Red Cortina these days — The Saw Doctors partnered with Smyths Toys to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul with the release of ‘Red Cortina A cappella’ via iTunes Ireland. For every download of ‘Red Cortina A cappella’ on iTunes Ireland, Smyths Toys gave €1 to St Vincent de Paul to raise much needed funds. Jamie Darby of Smyths Toys presents Henry Geraghty and Val McNicholas vice president of the St Vincent de Paul with a cheque for €10,000. Also in the photo are Davy Carton and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

The Top Five chart success of The Saw Doctors’ ‘Red Cortina A cappella’, has led to Smyths Toys, which sponsored the charity single, donating €10,000 to the St Vincent de Paul.

The a cappella version of Red Cortina by The Saw Doctors was No 1 on iTunes Ireland for four days in early December and made it to No 4 in the official Irish Charts on December 10.

Today FM and RTE Radio 1 playlisted the song for three weeks over the Christmas period. Last week ‘Red Cortina’ was included in the Top 100 songs for 2010 as chosen by Today FM.

In a novel fundraising scheme, Smyths Toys partnered with The Saw Doctors for the release of Red Cortina whereby the Galway company agreed to donate €1 to St Vincent de Paul for every download of ‘Red Cortina Acapella’ from iTunes throughout December.

The formal presentation of the €10,000 cheque was made by Jamie Darby, marketing manager of Smyths Toys, to Val McNicholas, area president of St Vincent de Paul, Galway, at Smyths Toys Store on the Headford Road.

Leo Moran and Davy Carton of The Saw Doctors attended the cheque presentation on behalf of the Tuam band

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