Children join forces to help Amazon fire victims

Electronic pop duo Ooberfuse have joined forces with Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall school choir to record Christmas Time, an original song in aid of human rights charity, Survival International. The choir hopes the track will aid the Tupi indigenous people who were forced from their homes by August’s Amazon rainforest fires.  

Christmas Time debuted at #3 in the Religious and Gospel chart on UK iTunes when it was released earlier this month. You can listen or download the track here: or watch the YouTube video:

Hal St John of Ooberfuse said: “When the Amazon rain forest burned like an apocalyptic inferno in August this year it was not only flora, fauna and wildlife that were destroyed: the homes, habitats and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of indigenous peoples went up in smoke too. We started to think about how we could use our music to make a difference.”

The collaboration is the result of a chance conversation with the director of Stonyhurst St Mary’s choir, Greg Mann. Mr Mann said: “The children have really enjoyed the whole experience of working with Ooberfuse to help their peers who traditionally dwell in the Amazon rainforest. We hope and pray that this charity single will raise money for Survival International.”

Celebrities such as Midge Ure have been among those wishing Ooberfuse and the choir good luck – as has the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, who congratulated the children, saying: “The young people will show us the way with climate protection.”

One of the choir members, Ellie, was thrilled to be involved in the venture: “I just love singing in the choir. Working on the Ooberfuse song was really fun, and it was great to hear it when it was all finished. We were all very excited to meet Cherie and Hal, and we hope the song does well, and raises lots of money for Survival International to help the children in the Amazon Rainforest”.