Dance for the World

I love dancing and I love hearing about creative ways people are making a difference in the
world. So when I heard about “ Dance for the World “ I knew I had to share.

In the month of November all across Canada, people will be “ Dancing for the World.” Dance For The World is a national fundraising campaign in support of CUSO and VSO Canada’s Volunteer Partnership Fund. The campaign works through individuals and teams who join together to fundraise during the months of October and November. Individuals can collect dance pledges and gather friends and family to form Dance Teams to participate in Dance for the World events.

Teams are formed by friends, families and coworkers. They’re challenged to set group fundraising targets and come out to Dance for the World. Many teams invite local dance groups and schools to their homes and offices to learn new dance styles – belly dance anyone? – to show off at the November Gala events. Even if you don’t want to dance you can still raise funds as a team to resource volunteer projects in the field.

The grand finale of the Dance for the World Campaign are the Gala Events, held this year in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Charlottetown. Hundreds will converge at these cities’ hottest clubs and dance halls for an evening of dance, cultural exchange and great entertainment – all while helping to make the world a better place to live, work and dance for all.

All proceeds from the Dance for the World Campaign will support CUSO and VSO overseas volunteers in their work to combat poverty and build connections in 44 countries around the world.

For those of you who don’t live in Canada, it’s time to get creative.
– Make a donation, tell a local dance troupe in your area so they can be involved.
– Create a your own fun “Dance for the World” routine, and put it on You Tube to get the word out.
– Link it on your Facebook page .
– Go all out and have your own Gala Event.

There are many creative ideas for being involved on their website www.dancefortheworld.com Please also visit www.cuso.org and www.vsocan.org to find out about their volunteer programs and partnerships with communities around the world.

If you are fortunate enough to live in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, or Charlottetown check out the Gala Events in your city. Tell your friends and family and coworkers. Plan to attend or volunteer to help at a Gala. There are many ways to dance and become global citizens one step at a time.

Keep dancing
Penny

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