RTE star Mary Kennedy is to host Rosses Community School’s ‘Strictly For Sierra Leone.
The Nationwide star has agreed to do the show which takes place this Saturday night at the West Donegal school.
The Rosses Community School has a pivotal role within the community and to a large extent it reflects the feelings and attitudes of the Rosses people; people who have always been quick to help others when the need arises.
So it is no surprise that now it turns its attention to Sierra Leone and in particular to the work of local lady, Sr. Mary Dolores who has been helping people in the village of Makeni for over 40 years.
As the communities of Makeni and surrounding villages are being devastated by the deadly Ebola virus, the Rosses Community School has decided to do what it can to help.
The school has staged the hugely successful Strictly Come Dancing on three previous occasions and this year it will stage the event again, this time the theme is “the Rosses community helping the community of Sierra Leone.”
Speaking at the presentation of Transition Year Awards in September the principal John Gorman referred to the many people of the Rosses area who go abroad and become very successful and those who leave the Rosses and have a huge impact on the area they choose to live in.
He went on to refer to Sr Mary Dolores who left Dungloe over 40 years ago and at the age of 28 set off to Sierra Leone to take up a position of head teacher in a primary school. Bernadette Brennan, TY co-ordinator presented awards to students who were involved in compiling the book “A Sprinkle of Kindness” the proceeds of which went to Sr Mary Dolores in Sierra Leone.
Retired teacher Anne Moy who presented the TY awards, suggested that Strictly Come Dancing be staged again for Sierra Leone, and so the planning began.
Celebrity judges were invited, and everyone involved in the event was delighted when Mary Kennedy of RTE’s Nationwide agreed to compere the show. Couples were asked, convinced and cajoled! Some actually volunteered when they heard what the proceeds were being used for.
All participants either live or work in the Rosses or have family from the Rosses. There are 10 couples taking part and they have been practicing for a number of weeks under the expert guidance of tutor Marian Shiels.
A very unique show is promised, somewhat different from what people have come to expect from the Strictly Come Dancing events that have become so popular.
All participants have to be commended for the huge efforts they have been putting into the show and their willingness to go “the extra mile” for the people of Sierra Leone at this particular time of crisis as their villages are being ravaged by the Ebola virus.
The event is certainly not one to miss and will surely kick start the New Year in the Rosses with style, glitz and glamour.
Tickets available from The Rosses Community School 0749521122, from Anne Moy 0868588530 or from McElwees Chemist and The Cope Hardware or contact any of the dancers taking part.