Talented Burntisland kids raise funds for playpark bid

Talent Show Committee. Picture by Fife Photo Agency
Talent Show Committee. Picture by Fife Photo Agency

Talented youngsters from Burntisland Primary School are using their skills to help raise funds to extend a playpark for children with additional needs.

The caring pupils have set up a committee to organise a school-wide talent competition, with all proceeds from the ticket and programme sales going to the project to extend the playpark at the town’s Links to incorporate more specialist equipment for children with a wide range of disabilities.

The committee had been meeting regularly to plan the programme and design posters, as well as rehearse a special song they have adapted for the occasion.

Last week the first of the auditions were held, with singers, dancers, musicians, gymnasts, comedians and magicians taking part.

Ten slots will be awarded to the winners who will perform at the talent show in front of 200 parents and friends next Thursday, November 12.

The talent show is being co-ordinated by Matt Kirkbride, P4 teacher and Michelle Binnie P1/2 teacher at the school, who say the pupils have been very enthusiastic about the venture.

“We have held four sessions now to organise the event and the committee was made up from pupils who volunteered. They have been great and have really taken ownership of it,” said Mr Kirkbride.

Elizabeth, one of the pupils on the committee, said: “We wanted to raise money for things for the boys and girls who can’t go on the swings and chutes at the playpark so they can have special swings and things they can go on.”

Cody, another of the committee members, added: “It has been really good fun working together with everyone for the talent show.”

To boost the fundraising total on the day, the pupils will also be selling bookmarks and programmes, and anyone who wants to donate extra to the fund can do so through the school office.

Ms Binnie said: “We hope to put on a good show for the parents and friends of the school and we hope we sell all of the tickets to raise as much money as possible.”

Plans for an inclusive playpark came about after local parents contacted Councillor George Kay and a meeting was held to take things forward.