DRWF Fundraising: Portsmouth schoolchildren raise more than £7,000 pulling dance moves for diabetes
Published on 22 June 2022
The team from Funkidz Dance Limited: (from left to right) Samantha Collins, Megan Jensen and Lydia Mackett.
Tim said: “We are extremely proud to have partnered with Samantha and FunKidz for this new fundraising event. The ‘Dance for Diabetes’ concept gave every child an opportunity to be involved, keep active and fundraise for a local charity – all whilst at school! Thank you to Samantha and FunKidz for offering an inclusive fun event for children to get their teeth into and for raising such a mammoth amount of funds raised through sponsorship. We can’t wait for 2023!
“Whilst COVID-19 has been a huge setback for us, one thing remains a certainty, when the pandemic is over, diabetes will still be one of the major health challenges worldwide in the 21st Century.”
Samantha Collins, Director of FunKidz Dance Limited, said: “I am truly humbled to have been able to provide this dance opportunity to so many children and I am blown away by the efforts of every single person that danced and fundraised with us on Friday, 27th May. The event was so much fun and I had to pinch myself when I heard how much was raised. What an achievement!
“A lot of children love dancing but don’t always find it easy to fit in with the structure of a dance school environment. In my experience dance also comes with a lot of additional costs such as costumes and footwear. I wanted to strip this back and do something that is just about being themselves, feeling comfortable, wearing their own clothes, and using their feet! An experience I feel gives children such a confidence boost that really helps their development and social skills.
“Working alongside DRWF is so important to me as it is a condition that not only impacts my family directly but affects so many of our children’s families too. Diabetes is a lifelong condition that is something we don’t speak about enough, so I am thrilled to be able to raise awareness and funds by organising this danceathon.”
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