Ceilidh for Kidneys

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LeBlanc and Dowe

AMHERST – Go to a party, support a good cause.

The Amherst chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada is having their eighth annual Kitchen Ceilidh this Saturday, Apr. 27, at the Knights of Columbus Centre on Robie Street.

“I think it’s a fun event…(with) amazing talent,” said Michelle LeBlanc, past president of the chapter and chair of the committee throwing the fundraiser.

Offshore will be performing at the dance, as well as two members of Sweet Addiction, Liz Dowe and Danielle White. LeBlanc said Offshore has performed at the event every year.

Music for the night will range from country to pop, soft rock to Celtic.

“I think it’s a fantastic cause,” said Dowe.

“It is important…anything to do with health…I’m willing to help.”

The singer is friends with LeBlanc’s brother, who was the recipient of a donated kidney. The committee chair said proceeds from the ceilidh – more than $3,000 last year – go to research and patient services, and to fund awareness and education.

The kidney foundation has been shrinking in Nova Scotia, down from 20 or more to just four, according to LeBlanc.

“We’ve still got a good group here in Amherst,” she said.

Saturday’s event is one of five major fundraisers each year. The past president said the chapter raises about $60,000 each year.

Volunteer numbers may be down, but need certainly isn’t. Incidences of diabetes, for example, are on the rise – mainly due to obesity – she said – and foundations need to work together to tackle the problem.

The event runs 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.. Tickets are $10 from McCully Market & Things, and there will be a cash bar, as well as door prizes and a raffle.

esparling@amherstdaily.com

Twitter: @ADNsparling

Organizations: Kidney Foundation of Canada, Knights of Columbus Centre

Geographic location: AMHERST, Robie Street, Nova Scotia

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