18 May 2012
For immediate release Friday 18 May 2012
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Pupils from Lewis Girls’ School in Ystrad Mynach hosted an evening of dance and drama last week to raise funds for the British Red Cross, as part of their involvement in the organisation’s Dance: Make Your Move competition.
The event saw pupils from Year 8 performing short pieces of drama and dance routines with their interpretation of different aspects of the Red Cross’ life-saving work in the UK and abroad.
The dancers will be performing these routines in the South Wales’ regional heat of ‘Dance: Make Your Move’, which will be held at Cowbridge Comprehensive School on Saturday 23 June 2012. Groups who reach the national final will perform at London’s IndigO2 in July in front of guest judge Arlene Phillips.
Year 12 and 13 students gave first aid demonstrations and, in return for a donation, visitors received black eyes and gruesome fake wounds from casualty simulation makeup artists.
Nigel Franklyn, first aid development officer at the Red Cross, said: “All the pupils and staff at Lewis Girls’ School have been absolutely fantastic and I’d like to thank everyone who helped make the evening such a success.
”The Red Cross has worked closely with the school for a number of years. We have set up a first aid young volunteers group with a team of students from Year 12 and 13 who regularly help at first aid events in the area, and the Year 8 girls are entering the Red Cross ‘Dance: Make Your Move’ competition later this month. This latest fundraising event is just another example of their continuous support, of which we are incredibly grateful.”
Kate Jowett, who teaches at Lewis Girls’ School, said: “We have formed a great working partnership with the Red Cross over the past few years and together are always looking for ways in which we can provide opportunities for the girls to develop. We wanted to encourage participation in community fundraising by as many of the girls as possible. The Red Cross have provided us with a fantastic opportunity to make a difference, raise awareness of their work and at the same time to gain experience of organising a community event. The performers and organisers are a credit to their families and to the school”
Local fundraiser, Anna Fox said: “There is still time to get involved in this exciting fundraising dance event of the year and raise money for the life-saving work of the Red Cross. This is the first time the regional heats of the competition have come to South Wales and it is a fantastic opportunity for young performers in the region to do something amazing for charity and celebrate the work of the Red Cross through dance.
“Since 2006, £300,000 has been raised through this exciting dance initiative. This year, with the added support of dance groups from across the South Wales region, we hope to raise even more money for vulnerable people in crisis. If you are a dancer and under the age of 18 and interested in raising money for the Red Cross then this is the ideal event for you.”
For more information about the South Wales regional heat of Dance: Make Your Move and how to register, visit www.redcross.org.uk/dance or call Anna Fox on 01633 245764
Notes to editors
For more information on the Red Cross please visit: http://www.redcross.org.uk
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.
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