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Have fun supporting a serious cause

Date: 03/07/2008           Category: Leisure

Strood Youth Centre will throw open its doors to the local community from 5 to 8pm on Wednesday, 30 July. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, to join in the fun, raising funds for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity. The fun-packed evening includes a special guest appearance from X-Factor contestant Ashley McKenzie. Footballers can get their kicks in a penalty shoot out with Charlton FC and one lucky youth worker will face his fate in the gunge tank. As well as a barbecue, other activities include a fancy dress competition and a pool competition with prizes donated by local businesses. Youth worker Tony Randell said: The whole event has been organised by young people who attend the centre. They chose the charity, the activities and the special guest and even designed the poster to publicise the evening. “An event like this teaches the young people new skills and gets them active. We hope to see as many people there as possible.” Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Les Wicks said: “This is a really positive way to raise money and an enjoyable way to get the local community involved in such a worthwhile cause.” Entry costs £1 and every penny raised will go to the charity. CLIC Sargent provides individual support to children and young people with cancer and leukaemia and their families. Strood Youth Centre is a place where young people aged 10 years or more can socialise, learn new skills and take part in activities that are educational, developmental and fun. This enables them to acquire knowledge in a formal and informal way and support them as they develop into responsible and caring citizens. The variety of activities includes: Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Bhangra 4+4 with dhol drums, sports and sports coaching, quizzes, karaoke and art sessions. Professional, experienced youth workers from a range of different backgrounds offer information, support and advice on a range of issues. Strood Youth Centre, Montfort Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 3HU For further information, contact the centre on 01634 718196