Loddon school friends inspired by local community to help Oxfam

Two school friends from Hobart High School in Loddon have been so inspired by the charity work done in their local community that they are putting on a fun talent show and fete to raise money for Oxfam.

The inspired 16-year-olds, Rebecca Stowers, of Mill Common, Ashby St Mary, and Katy Knapp, of St George's Close, Thurton, have organised the event themselves and are urging more people to come forward and get involved.

The duo, who have recently left school to go on to college, decided to put on the event after they saw a fund-raiser on television.

'We were thinking why couldn't we help?' Miss Stowers said.

'People don't really give enough these days and we knew we would have a lot of help if we decided to do something,' Miss Knapp added.

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'It is a pretty close knit community and there is lots of fund-raising that happens here.'

So far the fun talent show will include acts such as Blaze Dance School, singers, and possibly a martial arts performance.

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Miss Knapp is also hoping Miss Stowers and some of their school friends will be putting on a dancing and singing act of their own.

'It will just be fun and will help out a charity but Katy and I are introducing the acts so I'm not sure if we'll perform yet or not,' Miss Stowers explained.

It is free entry into the event but performers are asked to gather sponsorship for Oxfam if they want to perform. There are still spaces left and Miss Stowers emphasised that the talent show is not competitive but is meant to be fun.

The event will be taking place next week on August 20 from 1pm to 5pm at Thurton Village Hall on Ashby Road.

Miss Stowers added: 'It will be family friendly and fun for everyone and all proceeds will go to Oxfam.'

• To get involved email bekka.s.206@hotmail.co.uk

• For more information about Oxfam visit www.oxfam.org.uk or call 0300 200 1292.

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