Charlie Bird’s motor neuron disease diagnosis has helped raise awareness of the disease in recent months, and the reporter has wasted no time using his platform to help others in the same position.
After revealing his ‘wish list’ desire to climb Croagh Patrick in County Mayo with friends and supporters, he set out to train for an excursion on April 2 to raise money for the Irish Motor Neurone Association and Pieta House, letting people participate in its daily life. life and preparations via social media.
Launch of a new website to promote climbing – climbwithcharlie.ie – Bird promised some “exciting developments” ahead of this weekend.
We are thrilled to launch our Climb with Charlie fundraising campaign. Visit our website to find out how to donate or to start your own fundraiser, and tag someone you’d like to challenge to join! https://t.co/r4WBIktd1p #ClimbWithCharlie pic.twitter.com/Ee16xTL8vR
— ClimbWithCharlie (@climb_charlie) February 1, 2022
The announcement follows Sunday’s revelation of the “cloned voice” technology that Bird is using to assist his speech. Synthesized by Keith Davey of Marino Software from samples of his recorded voice from the RTÉ archives, the technology will allow him to continue to communicate in his signature tones.
Among others joining the legendary journalist on his big hike, health campaigner Vicky Phelan, former president Mary McAleese, country singer Daniel O’Donnell, Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald, CNN journalist Donie O’ ‘Sullivan, architect Dermot Bannon and RTÉ broadcaster Ryan Tubridy.
Months of struggling with my voice is now almost over. I’m in luck, thanks to Keith Davey from Marino Software, using state of the art technology, I’ll have a cloned voice soon. I want people with similar voice issues to have the same opportunity as me. pic.twitter.com/CthgwFvFWm
—Charlie Bird (@charliebird49) January 30, 2022