Silver Blades Skating Club member Kennedi Boland practices for her solo performance in the club‚Äôs Christmas Show today.
‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúA lot of us in skating are so fortunate to have what we have, and when it comes to people who don‚Äôt have a lot for Christmas it‚Äôs important for us to do what we can for them,‚ÄĚ‚ÄąBoland 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 ‚ÄúCarol of the Bells‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúSleigh Ride.‚ÄĚ
Admission is a non-perishable food item.
‚ÄúBy bringing them a non-perishable food item, it shows them we care about what they‚Äôre going through,‚ÄĚ Boland said.
She understands that children will always be children when it comes to the festive season, so they expect something under the tree ‚ÄĒ she‚Äôs no different. But, she said, it would be nice if more people could take the time to think about those who won‚Äôt have something under the tree because of one reason or another.
It‚Äôs 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‚Äôs something Boland has chatted with her fellow skaters about, and she expects the energy level to be high.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre all excited because it‚Äôs somethig different and we haven‚Äôt done it before,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúIt feels good knowing we‚Äôre helping people while getting to do what we love to do.‚ÄĚ
Boland and her supporting cast want to impress those who join them and share the spirit of the season.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve all been training for our solos, and we don‚Äôt get a lot of people to watch us skate, so it will be nice to show them what we can do,‚ÄĚ she said.
The skating show takes place from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Centre.