Youth Dance for Life

Newtown School Young Social Innovators group team up with Solas Cancer Support Centre

Written by Georgina McNamara


Transition Year students from Newtown School, Waterford are organising a unique fundraising experience with the Solas Centre. Thirty-eight students and guest teachers from Newtown School and Waterpark College have started an intense training programme in order to dance like professionals in the Youth Dance for Life. The group who are participating in a Young Social Innovators programme have engaged in many different activities in order to raise both funds and awareness for the Solas Cancer Support Centre. The students have integrated many different fitness activities into their school and community programme under the theme of Action for Life, including cycling, running, yoga and dance.

Students are also hoping to spread the word about the importance of 150 minutes of exercise per week for adults by selling luminous orange laces in their Laces For Life initiative. Guest speakers have raised awareness about a healthy lifestyle and cancer prevention. Consultant Medical Oncologist WUH Dr. Miriam O’Connor has described the project as “an excellent project that will have lasting benefits for the students and the community”.

Tickets for the Youth Dance for Life on the 6th of April 2017 in the Theatre Royal will go on sale on the 24th February from the Theatre Royal box office.

The Solas Centre provides free cancer support services to the people of Waterford and the South-East of Ireland. These services include counselling, relaxation therapy and group support. The Solas Centre relies 100% on fundraising and donations. 

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