The youngsters at Creative Dance Academy and their teachers are literally dancing for joy after raising nearly $32,000 in two weeks for the Ronald McDonald House Charity as participants in the Dance For Sick Kids project.
Director Amanda Page said it had been a hugely positive experience for dance school which raised enough money to provide 200 days of care at Ronald McDonald House.
“We were pretty shocked (by the total $31,880) as our original target was $5000. We really felt the need to bond together at this time. We had 50 of our Elite students participate by collecting sponsorship from family and friends over the 14 days.”
Creative Dance Academy is a family owned and operated business that has operated for over 30 years and has studios at Vineyard, North Richmond, Wilberforce, Stanhope Gardens, Jordan Springs and Cranebrook.
CDA’s top three fundraisers were Ruby Lamb, 11, from Windsor, Indianna Chandler, 12, from Glenwood and seven-year-old Lucy Earl from Annangrove.
Amanda said children from aged 2 to university age were part of the event.
“Our doors had to shut on March 23 until this week (13 weeks in total) so we had to come up with creative activities and incentives to keep the students moving and motivated whilst they were stuck at home.
“On average it costs Ronald McDonald House Charities GWS $160 to support a sick child and their family for one night therefore the money CDA raised has essentially provided for 200 nights of care.”
Creative Dance Academy Studios raised the third highest amount in Australia during Dance for Sick Kids (DFSK) which raised a total of over $180k for seriously ill children and their families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney.
Each year RMHC GWS provides accommodation, meals, education programs and support to over 2,000 families from its 60 room purpose-built home at Westmead.
The House runs 24/7 every day of the year, with the help of over 200 volunteers.