U2 frontman Bono has released a special edition single ‘Crazy Mountain’ for veteran broadcaster Charlie Bird to support his Climb With Charlie campaign.
On Saturday, April 2, Charlie Bird will climb Croagh Patrick in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta.
Due to Charlie’s Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis, the climb will be an immense challenge, but he is determined to do it to highlight the vast mountains so many people have to climb in their everyday lives due to severe illness, physical and mental.
To support his fundraising Climb With Charlie campaign, Bono released dedicated ‘Crazy Mountain” – a special edit of U2 song “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” last week.
The ‘Crazy Mountain’ edit, is a new mix of the song I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ from U2’s fifth studio album No Line On The Horizon (2009).
It received its global first preview on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 last Friday, and listeners heard Charlie’s new cloned voice for the first time as he introduced the track himself.
Commenting on this, Charlie said; ‘’This is an outstanding gesture. I am overjoyed and could not believe the message that I received from Bono.”
“He has been hugely supportive of the Climb With Charlie campaign, which aims to raise funds for two amazing charities, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta.’’
Charlie Bird first met Bono in Washington DC when Bono was involved in a series of humanitarian visits to the US government. At the time, Charlie was RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent.
Due to Covid-19, health & safety, and ongoing environmental works on Croagh Patrick, the campaign cannot facilitate large numbers of people on Croagh Patrick on April 2.
Therefore, Charlie is encouraging people to climb or walk in their local area, be it climbing a mountain or a short walk in the local park, and to keep on climbing the mountains of their personal battles.
Charlie added “I want to encourage everyone to log on to www.climbwithcharlie.ie and donate what they can or set up their own fundraisers to climb in their local area.”
“Be it climbing a set of stairs or a short walk around the house, around a local park, a walk to the beach, whatever you are able to do.”
“Climb With Charlie is a nationwide initiative to recognize the huge physical and emotional mountains so many of us have to climb in our daily lives.’’