Cillian Murphy (pictured) has been announced as the campaign ambassador for Radio Nova’s 2016 ‘Help Our Homeless’ Radiothon. The Dublin-based radio station aims to raise €40,000 in a live, on-air charity pledge-drive, to help fund Focus Ireland’s work to tackle and prevent homelessness in the Greater Dublin area. The Radiothon will take place live on Radio Nova on February 17 and 18, 2016.
It is Nova’s second year to run the Radiothon. In 2015 the station raised more than €30,000 for Focus Ireland, over two days of broadcasting. “The Radiothon represents an urgent appeal for donations to support Focus Ireland’s vital work for those those who are homeless and at risk of homelessness,” a statement from the station said. “The campaign comes as, for the first time, more than 5,000 people across Ireland are homeless. This includes more than 700 families and over 1,600 children across the country.”
Having come to prominence first in Kirsten Sheridan’s Disco Pigs in 2001, Murphy has enjoyed a stellar career on stage and screen. He starred as Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005) – a role he reprised in The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – and also picked up a plethora of awards and nominations for his performances in Neil Jordan’s Breakfast On Pluto, Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Christopher Nolan’s Inception. He is currently starring opposite Jamie Dornan in Anthropoid, directed by Sean Ellis and set for release later this year.