Help dancers go to world trials

2018-06-05 06:01
Ilona Petersen from Heideveld Evolutionary School of Dance.

Ilona Petersen from Heideveld Evolutionary School of Dance.

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A local non-profit organisation is calling on the public to support its fundraising pleas in the hopes of sending a group of underprivileged children to compete in a dance tournament next month.

Ilona Petersen, spokesperson for Heideveld Evolutionary School of Dance, says about 50 children from across the Cape Flats are in urgent need of funds to participate in the World Trial Championships in Oudtshoorn from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 July.

“The majority of our dancers cannot afford to compete in this competition, because of having unemployed or single parents who cannot cover their travelling, accommodation, food and clothing costs. We now have to step in to help them compete alongside their classmates as well.

“I went to various businesses for sponsorship, but a lot of them turned us down. I even went to a local butchery in our community to get food for the kids’ three-day stay in Oudtshoorn, but it was also refused.”

Petersen says their team of dancers travels the country annually to compete in the hopes of inspiring other children from poor communities.

The organisation has also been running several other outreach programmes to assist in keeping children off the streets since 2004.

“Children are bussed in from areas including Heideveld, Athlone, Blackheath, Gugulethu and Manenberg. They are very talented and have already brought home awards from several competitions across the province and country.

“We are currently paying for a local hall for these kids to practise in, out of our own pockets, because we can’t drop their classes. There will be too many disappointed dancers who use these activities as an alternative for drugs and gangsterism.

“We ask for your assistance, with the aim of making a difference in the lives of these children. The bus is currently charging us R550 per person. Some children paid half of the fees last month and will pay the other fee this month.

“The fundraising plea will be for the other kids who can’t afford it, as well as accommodation, food and clothing costs. Our age group of dancers ranges from five to 20,” adds Petersen.

V For more information, call Ilona Petersen on 082 818 5640.

A local non-profit organisation is calling on the public to support its fundraising pleas in the hopes of sending a group of underprivileged children to compete in a dance tournament next month.

Ilona Petersen, spokesperson for Heideveld Evolutionary School of Dance, says about 50 children from across the Cape Flats are in urgent need of funds to participate in the World Trial Championships in Oudtshoorn from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 July.

“The majority of our dancers cannot afford to compete in this competition, because of having unemployed or single parents who cannot cover their travelling, accommodation, food and clothing costs. We now have to step in to help them compete alongside their classmates as well.

“I went to various businesses for sponsorship, but a lot of them turned us down. I even went to a local butchery in our community to get food for the kids’ three-day stay in Oudtshoorn, but it was also refused.”

Petersen says their team of dancers travels the country annually to compete in the hopes of inspiring other children from poor communities.

The organisation has also been running several other outreach programmes to assist in keeping children off the streets since 2004.

“Children are bussed in from areas including Heideveld, Athlone, Blackheath, Gugulethu and Manenberg. They are very talented and have already brought home awards from several competitions across the province and country.

“We are currently paying for a local hall for these kids to practise in, out of our own pockets, because we can’t drop their classes. There will be too many disappointed dancers who use these activities as an alternative for drugs and gangsterism.

“We ask for your assistance, with the aim of making a difference in the lives of these children. The bus is currently charging us R550 per person. Some children paid half of the fees last month and will pay the other fee this month.

“The fundraising plea will be for the other kids who can’t afford it, as well as accommodation, food and clothing costs. Our age group of dancers ranges from five to 20,” adds Petersen.

V For more information, call Ilona Petersen on 082 818 5640.

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