Bald Blair Public School hold annual SMA luncheon with biennial talent show

Every two years, Bald Blair Public School holds a talent show to raise money for research into Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), to accompany its annual SMA fundraiser.

It is a genetic muscle wasting disease that is characterised by a loss of nerve cells called motor neurons and is the number one genetic killer of children under two years.

TALENT ON SHOW: Bald Blair Public School pupils watch intently as Year 6 student Zoe Kelly demonstrates how to create fake wounds using movie make-up - something Ms Kelly hopes to pursue after school.

TALENT ON SHOW: Bald Blair Public School pupils watch intently as Year 6 student Zoe Kelly demonstrates how to create fake wounds using movie make-up - something Ms Kelly hopes to pursue after school.

“Five years ago, my two-year-old cousin Charlotte Coddington lost her life to the terrible debilitating disease,” Year 5 student Bridget Mckemey said. 

“Since that time. the school has been kind enough to allow our family to run a fundraiser for awareness of the disease and to contribute a little to the SMA association to help them provide equipment to those with the disease.”

As part of the event, pupils are encouraged to don the SMA colours – purple and orange.

This year, students impressed family and friends with dancing, skipping, a clown show, make-up artistry, a cooking demonstration and a piano performance.