Disco dance party to raise funds for lo­cal fam­ily

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY KIDS -

MORE than 60 lo­cal chil­dren and their par­ents went dressed in their bright­est disco out­fits and danc­ing shoes for 121 Child Care’s Danceathon on Fri­day.

The Danceathon was held to raise funds for the fam­ily of 21-month-old Jor­jia Linth­waite who is cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) in Bris­bane.

Chil­dren bounced around singing to all of the lat­est mu­sic hits and some old favourites in­clud­ing heads, shoul­ders, knees and toes.

Di­rec­tor of 121 Child Care Shylie Tarver said Jor­jia was at­tend­ing the child­care when she was di­ag­nosed with the rare type of can­cer in July this year.

“We wanted to hold this spe­cial event for the Linth­waite fam­ily to not only show our sup­port but give other lo­cal fam­i­lies an op­por­tu­nity to help make a do­na­tion,” she said.

“The gen­eros­ity of fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity has been re­ally over­whelm­ing and we have re­ceived do­na­tions from as lit­tle as $10 right up to $100.”

Opal Har­ri­son from Zumba Fit­ness Whit­sun­days vol­un­teered her time to help out at the Danceathon and said the kids busted out some great new moves dur­ing the freestyle danc­ing ses­sions and chore­ographed rou­tines.

Fam­i­lies want­ing to make a don­ta­tion can con­tact 121 Child Care on 4948 0121.

TO THE BEAT: Wom­bat Room as­sis­tant Kylie Car­ruthers was danc­ing up a storm with Tyreece Bloomer, El­iz­a­beth Lewis, Eason Chen, Am­ber Tay­lor and Ella Chap­man at 121 Child Care's Danceathon to raise funds for the Linth­waite fam­ily on Fri­day.

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