Hello friends (old and new),
As you may or may not know, this year I'm participating in G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S and part of the reason I joined was to do super fun challenges while making the world a better place. Let's see if we can change some childrens lives this week by donating (even a dollar!) to save a ballett school in Zolani, South Africa. 100% OF THE DONATIONS GO TO THE SCHOOL!
Random Acts of Kindness shared this story (sorry if I butcher it by paraphrasing):
Fiona, once a professional ballet dancer, teaches children (in Zolani, South Africa) classical and contemporary ballet 5 days a week. She provides them with meals after dance class, which may be the only food they have, and facilitates their homework. She drives them around in her small car, as there is no other transport available, organizes performances and fundraising events, and above all, she offers them the opportunity to go beyond ‘trying to survive’, to make them aware that dance can be their ticket out of poverty. Nobody could have given more to try and improve the lives of children living with such hardships.
But in 2016, at the age of just 51, Fiona was diagnosed with cancer. In February of this year, Fiona received the devastating news that her cancer was inoperable.
Fiona is an incredible woman, and she has come to peace with the fact that she has just weeks to live, but what breaks her heart is that without her super-human efforts, the school will close.
Through ballet, Fiona has not just given the young students purpose, self-discipline and exercise, but through her selfless work, lives have been changed. Some of her former students are now dancing on scholarships in New York and London. What Fiona has given the children of Zolani through her ballet school is hope.
Zolani, a township in South Africa, is marked by extreme poverty and inequality. For children growing up there, the future holds little hope.
Together, our plan is to raise enough money to keep Dancescape operating and helping children achieve their dreams long after Fiona is gone.