Zumba fund-raiser for Michael

PUBLISHED: 08:51 30 May 2011

Michael McKenzie (12yrs), who has had series of operations to lengthen a leg which much shorter than the other.

Michael McKenzie (12yrs), who has had series of operations to lengthen a leg which much shorter than the other.


A FINAL fund-raising event on behalf of Weston schoolboy Michael McKenzie will take place next week.

As previously reported in the Mercury, Priory School pupil Michael has been raising money for a life-changing operation to give him hip and knee joints after he was born with one leg substantially shorter than the other.

Last week, we revealed how the 12-year-old had been chosen as the winner of the Mercury’s Make A Difference campaign, and would be receiving around £38,000 from the Axentis Michael Memorial Trust to pay for his operation.

But one final event – arranged before the award was made – is due to take place at Hollywoods restaurant in Weston Boulevard on June 3.

The Dance Company at Studio Fifty Five and Bakers Dolphin have joined with Hollywoods to arrange a zumba party night.

The Latin-themed event will begin at 7pm at the Churchill Road dance studio, before Bakers Dolphin coaches will transport guests to Hollywoods for a fund-raising cocktail night and raffle.

Michael’s mum Ginette said: “Since nominating Michael for the award, more costs have come in and we’re still awaiting another final quote.

“Therefore to wish Michael well, to celebrate the family’s success and to help ensure he has these costs covered, there will be a final fund-raising event at Hollywoods, which Michael and I are very much looking forward to.”

Tickets for the event – which include the zumba class, coach travel and a zumba cocktail – cost £5 and can be booked by calling 01934 522959.

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