Silver Blades hope to lift spirits, raise funds with skating show

Dave Kearsey
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Silver Blades Skating Club member Kennedi Boland practices for her solo performance in the club’s Christmas Show today.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

CORNER BROOK  Kennedi Boland has never had to worry about going hungry, but she feels good knowing she can make the holiday season a little more bearable for those less fortunate.

Boland will be among the Silver Blades Skating Club members who will perform a solo when the club hosts a skating show today in aid of the local food bank.

“A lot of us in skating are so fortunate to have what we have, and when it comes to people who don’t have a lot for Christmas it’s important for us to do what we can for them,” Boland said earlier this week.

Skating fans can get a look at how far the young skaters have come in their development at this point in the year, and also get in the holiday spirit with two group numbers choreographed to Christmas favourites “Carol of the Bells” and “Sleigh Ride.”

Admission is a non-perishable food item.

“By bringing them a non-perishable food item, it shows them we care about what they’re going through,” Boland said.

She understands that children will always be children when it comes to the festive season, so they expect something under the tree — she’s no different. But, she said, it would be nice if more people could take the time to think about those who won’t have something under the tree because of one reason or another.

It’s the first time the club has organized an event with charity soley in mind, but head coach Mark Scott said it was a nice way for the skaters to give back to the community that provides them with an avenue to pursue skating.

That’s something Boland has chatted with her fellow skaters about, and she expects the energy level to be high.

“We’re all excited because it’s somethig different and we haven’t done it before,” she said. “It feels good knowing we’re helping people while getting to do what we love to do.”

Boland and her supporting cast want to impress those who join them and share the spirit of the season.

“We’ve all been training for our solos, and we don’t get a lot of people to watch us skate, so it will be nice to show them what we can do,” she said.

The skating show takes place from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Centre.

Organizations: Silver Blades Skating Club, Pepsi Centre

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