Pole-dancing show to help Paige’s Africa plan

Paige Alexander is fundraising to go to Africa. Pic: Steve Brown

Paige Alexander is fundraising to go to Africa. Pic: Steve Brown

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A pole-dancing student is hoping to help children in Africa by holding two fundraising dance shows in Kirkcaldy at the end of the month.

Paige Alexander is set to take part in the ‘Come Fly With Us to A World of Burlesque’ show with other Pole O Rama Club members at Styx, Victoria Road, on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29.

The 22-year-old is hoping to use the money from the shows’ profits to put towards her ‘Thrive Africa’ trip.

Paige has signed up to go to Ghana, Africa for four weeks, heading off in July.

She will be volunteering for the Ghanaian charity which uses the efforts of volunteers to deliver a range of sustainable development projects.

‘Thrive Africa’ works with the Ghana education service, social welfare and health service to ensure its projects are of benefit to the communities it works in.

Paige told The Press: “The work we will be doing takes place during the school holidays.

‘‘We will be helping to build a library as well as taking part in disaster prevention activities such as putting in sandbags.

‘‘We will also be working with the orphans and taking books over with us to read to them. We will be playing games with the children too.”

Paige came across the ‘Thrive Africa’ website and applied online.

“There was a form to fill out online and it asked questions like why I wanted to do it and what I hoped to gain from the experience. I heard back from them and they agreed to me taking part.”

Paige has to raise at least £1000 plus her flights to Africa so overall she needs to collect around £2000.

She continued: “I have just started to raise money but I’m hoping to raise the majority through the shows.”

Ambrose Stanyer-Hunter, who runs Pole O Rama, said the performances in Styx will showcase burlesque and pole dancing. Eighteen of his students will take part.

He said the shows will run for approximately two-and-half hours with the dancers each representing a different country.

He said: “Paige will be representing Africa but we will also have dancers representing Spain, France, Brazil and their performances will be inspired by traditional dances from these countries.

‘‘We have held a few shows and they have all been sellouts. We really want to support Paige.”

Tickets are priced £10 from Pole O Rama’s Facebook page. The shows start at 7.30 p.m.