Strictly rakes in over €30,000

Published 03/12/2013 | 05:32

Michelle Dunne and Susan Quinn at the Strictly Come Dancing in Wright Venue.

MORE than 800 people came along to witness members and friends of the Parents' Assocation of Scoil Phadraic Cailíní in Donabate trip the light fantastic with their take on the 'Strictly Come Dancing' craze, raising a whopping €30,000 for the school in the process.

The Wright Venue in Swords provided the backdrop for the glitterball event that saw well known local hotelier, Paul Slattery from the Waterside House Hotel, put his glad rags on and skip across the dance floor as one of the participants in the show.

He joined teachers, parents and friends of the school and even the caretaker in one of the biggest fundraising events held for many years for the local school.

According to Deborah Feeney of the Parents' Association, the event 'exceeded all expectation' thanks to the strength and support of the local community and businesses in Donabate.

Scoil Phadraic Cailini now with over 420 girls attending, raised after expenses over €30,000 to help finance the completion of new classrooms and also update their IT equipment. This Strictly Event has been one of many successful fundraisers at The Wright Venue where something close to €2 million has been raised in various charity events over recent years.

With the expert guidance of Shane Harnett, Events Manager at Wrights, schools, sports clubs and charities have achieved tremendous results with various events and this occasion was no different.

The Parents Association of Scoil Phadraic last March, sat at their monthly meeting and toyed with the 'Strictly' idea as a possible fundraiser for the school.

Now, eight months later, all their planning has come to fruition in one glittering night at the Swords venue. The key element in the plan was to find the right dancers and on the evidence of the night, they did just that. With serious commitment and hard work, their efforts were rewarded with a superb display of dancing which proved to entertain, excite and amaze the audience while raising a huge sum for the school at the same time.

Choreographer Nikki Fitzpatrick, from Backstreet Dance Academy, Airside Swords, was impressed with the dancers' efforts given that this group had already completed a four week 'Extreme Zumba' course in the school hall.

The parents Association of SPC would like to express their thanks to all their dancers and so congratulate the overall winning couple, 'Team Salsa', made up of Dave Redmond and Loraine Hensey.

A DVD of the night's performances, including a recording of the girls from junior infants to sixth class was made on the night and will be available to buy from the school office.

Finally a sincere word of thanks and appreciation goes from the organisers, to the sponsors of the event, some of which include Spar/Tom Ennis Group, Supervalu Donabate, ND Electrical, D1 Kitchens, About Space, Leaf N Bean Coffee Shop, The Brook Pub, Pat Fitzgerald Construction and all who contributed to the sucess of the fundraising night.

Fingal Independent

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