Teens’ ‘Thriller’ for drug awareness

The Kilkenny Peer Education Guerrillas (KPEG) group will bring a Thriller flash mob to the Parade this Saturday to mark Drug Awareness Week, writes Louise McKenna.

The Kilkenny Peer Education Guerrillas (KPEG) group will bring a Thriller flash mob to the Parade this Saturday to mark Drug Awareness Week, writes Louise McKenna.

KPEG is a group in Ossory Youth with a remit to raise awareness around drugs, mental health and sexual health, with members aged between 15 and 19 years old.

During Drug Awareness Week, which began on Monday, the group hopes to challenge young people to think about drug misuse, particularly alcohol, in a creative way.

KPEG is a group of young people trying to make a difference and, by joining in the flash mob, their peers can have fun, get access to information and raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug and alcohol misuse.

They have chosen Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller, with easy, distinctive dance steps, so that it will be easy for all to take part. Participants are asked to bring a donation of 50 cents towards the face paints and old, trashed black clothes to wear.

For any young people age 14 and up who want to join in, rehearsals will take place from 10am to noon on Saturday in the Garden Suite of the Ormonde Hotel.

Then it’s into makeup and costume and taking to the streets. The group is grateful to the Ormonde hotel for supporting this initiative, with their kind use of the Garden Suite.

Then around 2pm the group, plus an estimated 40 people, will be assembling on the Parade in Kilkenny, weather depending. (If it’s raining, the group is planning to bring the flash mob in MacDonagh Junction.)

KPEG’s Thriller flash mob in October 2011 was a great success. Now the group is hoping to spread its message of being drugs-aware even more effectively this year.