Teens dance for drug awareness

Saturday afternoon saw 35 young ‘zombies’ taking part in a Thriller dance flash mob on the Parade for Kilkenny Drug Awareness Week.

Saturday afternoon saw 35 young ‘zombies’ taking part in a Thriller dance flash mob on the Parade for Kilkenny Drug Awareness Week.

Ossory Youth’s Kilkenny Peer Education Guerrillas organised the event through Facebook, inviting young people to come to the Ormonde Hotel, which had donated the use of a rehearsal room, for a two-hour run-through of the dance steps. The group then headed up to Desart Hall to slash their clothes, splash on fake blood and paint themselves with ghoulish special effects, including some painfully sticky latex fake skin.

The dancers moved through the town in small groups, led by volunteers from Rotaract (the under-30s Rotary Club), to converge on the Parade to perform Thriller to over 200 tourists and passers-by, to delighted applause.

Behind the day’s fun was a serious message about drug misuse, as the Peer Educators wanted to raise awareness that, in addition to the dangers of the headline-grabbing stories about heroin and cocaine, alcohol and cigarettes need to recognised as harmful and addictive too.