#DanceforDignity Encourages Stepping Up for Friends

National domestic and family violence support charity, Friends With Dignity is proudly supporting online dance choreography program, Cre8Dance and its exciting new fundraising initiative, #DanceforDignity.

#DanceforDignity, the brainchild of Cre8dance founder, Katherine Flynn, encourages budding dancers and the general community to sign up to an eight-week online dance tutorial program, with a percentage of proceeds donated to Friends With Dignity, recognised this month at The Australian Charity Awards for the second year running.

“Dance is a really positive way to spread the word and message around what Friends with Dignity does for the community,” said Friends With Dignity Chief Operations Officer, Zoe Scharenguivel.

“We hope that our supporters will get involved and new people will learn about what we do. It’s a chance to get fit, have fun, and support Friends With Dignity.”

The initiative, starting in September, will aim to build creativity, mindfulness, and confidence through eight different levels of Lyrical Hip-Hop dance moves, beamed direct to participant’s screens.

“We are thrilled to be taking part in this event as we genuinely believe in the incredible work of Friends With Dignity,” said Ms Flynn.

“The issue of domestic and family violence is very close to our hearts, and we wanted to #stepup and help raise funds for this most worthwhile cause.

“The goal is for all participants to release their own dance video, and even partake in a flashmob, towards the end of October – once they have built confidence and had fun with the program.

“There will be video content and Facebook events to keep participants up-to-date with how they can get involved.”

Friends With Dignity is a national not-for-profit organisation with a big vision focused on providing a platform for anyone to volunteer, and in turn change the perception and statistics of domestic and family violence throughout Australia.

“The practical support offered by the local community ensuring that families have no reason to return to a life of abuse and violence is equally overwhelming and humbling,” said Friends With Dignity Chief Financial Officer, Julia McKenna.

“Our service is built from a mutual passion and determination to make a difference to families whom we will never meet. It’s about doing what we can within our capacity to support our neighbours and community.”

Being a volunteer driven model totally self-funded and reliant on donations reinforces the value that the service provides within the not for profit sector.

“Having been described as a “ground breaking” service, it’s reassuring to know that Friends With Dignity identified a gap, and by engaging the local community we have managed to assist thousands of men, women and children to date through our programs,” said Friends With Dignity Chief Executive Officer, Manuela Whitford.

“Our goal is to make people more aware that domestic and family violence does not discriminate and that we all have a role and can do something no matter how big or small.

"All of our programs are gifted unconditionally, we do not charge victims we assist, nor the services who refer their clients to us."

Friends With Dignity relies on donations of new and pre-loved whitegoods, furniture and household items from the community to create “sanctuaries” for men, women and children leaving refuge to start a new life.

“We take pride in that we are in some way limiting landfill and unnecessary waste, taking an environmentally-friendly approach in all that we do,” said Ms Whitford.

“Our goal is to gain further exposure of our innovative 100% charitable model, also providing increased awareness to the general public that want to help but don’t know how, we can provide them this opportunity."

“We are so fortunate to have an incredible group of volunteers that sit on our board, our executive team, leadership team and operations who are active everyday in their selected roles," said Ms McKenna.

“Our current sponsors, supporters and generous donors are an absolute asset to our organisation. We so value all of the support as the sustainability of our service relies on this.”

Friends With Dignity invites all supporters to attend “A Magical Christmas Gala Charity Ball” on Saturday, 16th of November, 2019 at the Southport Sharks Event Centre on the Gold Coast.

“We would love all of our supporters, volunteers and sponsors to celebrate with us at this very special event,” said Ms Scharenguivel.

For more information about Friends With Dignity, please visit:
http://www.friendswithdignity.org.au.

To purchase tickets to the Friends With Dignity “A Magical Christmas Gala Charity Ball”, please visit: https://www.friendswithdignity.org.au/a-magical-christmas/

To find out more about Dance For Dignity, please visit: https://www.cre8danceinternational.com
or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cre8dance.int/

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