MACKIE Academy pupils are fundraising to enable them to take part in a dance event – after the cancellation of next year’s Global Rock Challenge.
The performing arts competition with its anti-drug and anti-crime message, has been a feature at the school for a number of years. But the UK organisers have cancelled the event for 2020 due to a lack of funding.
Gail Cassidy’s daugher in S6 is a highland dancer who had already worked hard on choreography.
She told The Bellman: ”As all their cast selection, choreography etc was decided before they knew there would be no Rock Challenge, they were gutted to say the least when they heard.”
With hundreds of disappointed youngsters across the region, schools in Aberdeenshire have collaborated to hold an event in June 2020 for the pupils – Make it Happen.
Each participating school has paid £250 deposit for the venue. And at Mackie, some 100 pupils and parents are now fundraising to cover the other costs of entry – each pupil needs to pay £10 to participate, costumes and stage sets are needed, and there will be travel costs.
So they are asking for support from the community to allow all the youngsters to carry on with their rehearsals and preparations for the challenge.
The Mackie Make It Happen group have set up a Facebook page, where you can make a contribution by doing your everyday online shopping at a range of stores including Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, M&S and Asos.
And teacher Allison McIntyre has set up a Go Fund Me page, where donations can be made.