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Kids get ready to take to the Dancefloor

Kids get ready to take to the Dancefloor

Kids get ready to take to the dance floorIt’s all about the kids when it comes to this year’s Care For Cancer Strictly Come Dancing event. The first of its kind – the event will involve nearly 100 children aged between four and 12.
They will be showcasing a wide range of dance skills in the Mellon Country Hotel on April 12.

Speaking at the launch of this unique event, the Care for Cancer chairman, Ivan Gilmour said, “We have eight groups of children ranging from four to 12 years who have been putting in an enormous amount of work and effort in the hope of winning a fabulous trophy and becoming the Strictly Kids Dancing champions. There will be two top prizes on the night. A panel of three judges will decide on the top team, with another category, the People’s Prize being determined by the general public vote on the night.
          “Over the recent years in our area we have seen lots of Strictly Dancing competitions for adults but this is the first one involving children and we are very proud to be the charity which is holding this event,” he continued.
          “We thought long and hard about holding a dancing competition involving children. Some people may feel that the words, children and cancer don’t mix. However, children suffer too and although we do not want to expose our young to pain and difficulties, life can be cruel in itself. For this reason we would like this event, to above all, be a fun and exciting night for the children. Children love to receive, and also they love to give. We know from their dance teachers, the volume of effort they have been putting in, practising, obtaining sponsorship, getting costumes ready, etc, and for this we are very humbled,” Mr Gilmour explained.
              “Our charity based in Omagh, is the only local cancer charity which spends every penny of its money in the Omagh and local surrounding areas. We provide a range of services for patients, carers and families some of which include a driving service to hospital, loan of recliner chairs, bra fitting, coffee mornings, a range of therapies by specially trained therapists who have received specific training to work with cancer patients, a new men’s group has just been formed and maybe, most importantly, just somewhere locally where people can call and have a chat. We are a registered charity and depend solely on the kindness of the public to survive. Last year over 1,000 people came through our doorway. As one woman told me, Care for Cancer took away her fear.
              “So the countdown is now on and we hope as many people as possible will come and enjoy the night. Tickets are on sale now in our centre in Campsie, the News Shop in Campsie and from various committee members. Numbers are limited so we would ask that you get your tickets soon and then sit back and enjoy a wide range of dancing skills which will put us older folk to shame. All the teams will be hoping for as much support and sponsorship as possible, so if any members of the public or business’ would like to sponsor a team or make a donation towards this cause please contact either myself, committee members or anyone in our centre,” he added. 

Photo and article courtsey of Ulster Herald

Tickets for the Strictly Kids Dancing event are now on sale at Care for Cancer, the News Shop in Campsie, Omagh and from various committee members. 
Please Call 028 82 246 599 for more information

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