Talent quest and show support youth

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Tickets are selling fast for a talent quest and show to raise money for Timaru’s Youth Centre.
‘ This year I’m opening the show up to the public with a talent quest too. ‘
— Janelle Richardson
Timaru dance teacher Janelle Richardson has always wanted to open a centre for youth, so has organised the show which will support a group of young Timaru people who are setting one up.
The event will take place at Timaru Girls’ High School on July 1, with all funds raised going to the centre.
So far 200 tickets have been sold to the event, with six entrants already registered for the talent quest.
‘‘There is also more interest on the cards from some more talent quest entries,’’ Miss Richardson said.
The Courier has followed the progress of the youth centre since the initial meeting called for support.
A venue has been found but spokesman Solomon Tor-Kilsen said it could not be named until the lease was signed.
Miss Richardson has held a show every year for her dance pupils, so the concert to raise money for the centre seemed like the ‘‘perfect idea’’.
‘‘This year I’m opening the show up to the public with a talent quest too.’’
She said South Canterbury businesses had been generous with donations, including cupcake-decorating classes, photography shoots and hair and beauty products.
Timaru Mayor Damon Odey has got behind the event, contributing to an afternoon tea with the winner or winners of the show.
The talent quest was open to those aged 3 to 15 and would be a ‘‘family event’’.
Tickets cost $7 and are available from The Courier office at 12-14 George St or Timaru South School.
They will also be available on the door for $10. The event isfree for children under 13. – Anyone wanting to help is asked to contact Janelle on 022 314-0434 or emailjanellerich3@mail.com.