A group of beginner dancers will take to the floor of the Everglades Hotel tomorrow night in memory of two beautiful young Derry cousins.
St Cecilia’s pupil Michaela Bradley (18) passed away two years today after bravely fighting a brain tumour.
In a tragic twist of fate her cousin and good friend Charlene Griffiths (27) passed away from the same illness just after Christmas.
Following their deaths the family and friends of both girls decided they wanted to do something to carry on the legacy and example that the pair had set as team players.
The result is tomorrow night’s ‘So you think you can dance’ charity night at the Everglades.
The event has been organised by local women Charlene Gormley and her sister Katrina.
“Katrina and I decided to organise something of a “wee charity night” about a month ago and it has just snowballed,” explained Charlene.
“When Michaela passed away two years ago we knew we wanted to do something and decided that it would be fitting to organise an event which coincided with her anniversary. March 3rd (a Saturday night) seemed like the obvious choice.
“We got over Christmas and decided we needed to get cracking but very sadly Michaela’s beautiful cousin Charlene Griffiths, 27, passed away mid-January having battled the very same illness as Michaela.
“We felt that going ahead as planned may be inappropriate so a few weeks after Charlene’s death we spoke with Michaela’s parents.
“We could not have been more wrong. The Bradley and Griffiths families were 100% behind the event, so much so that both Michaela’s and Charlene’s parents, siblings and partner are all in “So You Think You Can Dance” training mode!
“We decided to do something a wee bit different - not that there’s anything wrong with “Strictly” but we thought we could do something that topped it, something which reflected the personalities of the two girls - team players
“Our night is not about a couple winning - its about a team of dancers winning - Irish v Ballroom v Hip-Hop v Cheerleaders v Zumba!
“There are 65 dancers in total - mainly family and close friends of Michaela and Charlene and the competition is really hotting up! They are super-competitive.
“The event will be held in The Everglades, on Saturday night (starting at 8pm) with all proceeds being split between The Donegal Hospice & The Sperrin Rooms, Altnagelvin who cared for the two girls so lovingly when they needed it the most.”
All tickets for the event have now been sold showing how loved and well respected the two women are.
n However to show your support you can look at the facebook page for the night so you think you can dance facebook page