A war-era themed community dance will be held on the evening of April 8 to raise funds for the cadets of 2951 CFS Leitrim Army Cadets.
Hosted in part by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #108 Winchester and the cadets, the evening is one of many fundraisers taking place to help the cadets of 2951 CFS Leitrim raise money for their Battlefields Tour across Europe this November.
“What we’re trying to do is broaden the horizons of these youth. You can’t move to the future without remembering your past. So, we want them to see a little bit about what, mainly the men, went through a hundred years ago, so we don’t have to go back and do that again,” said Kim Sheldrick, Public Relations Officer for the Support Committee.
A night of dancing and fun, the event will feature live music from Scotty J Trio with a slideshow created by the cadets that showcase the sites they will be visiting as a backdrop. There will also be a silent auction that night.
The Battlefields Tour across Europe will take the cadets to significant sites like the Anne Frank House, Paris, Juno Beach, Normandy, and Passchendaele, with the highlight being a trip to Vimy Ridge on Remembrance Day.
In order to raise the necessary $60,000 to cover costs, the cadets are hosting, with the support of businesses and Royal Canadian Legions, several fundraising events.
The Vimy Night of Remembrance Dance and Silent Auction will be held on April 8 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Joel Steel Community Centre in Winchester, ON.