Salsa Saint Lu­cia Gives Back!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LO­CAL -

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SSTAR Re­porter alsa St. Lu­cia, a group that has been around for al­most four years, has al­ready made its mark as a for­mi­da­ble force when it comes to spread­ing the joy and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Latin dance in Saint Lu­cia. This year alone the group hosted sev­eral monthly Latin dance par­ties, classes and its an­nual ex­trav­a­ganza which, for the first time. en­com­passed an en­tire week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties in Septem­ber. The group has also par­tic­i­pated in re­gional work­shops and congress on the Latin dance move­ment.

Since its in­cep­tion, Salsa St. Lu­cia has made it part of its man­date to give back to so­ci­ety, the Holy Trin­ity Chil­dren’s Home be­ing one of its ben­e­fi­cia­ries. This year, quite apart from clos­ing off the year with a fund-rais­ing event in aid of a lo­cal char­ity, Salsa St. Lu­cia was moved to par­take in ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing “Cancer Aware­ness Month” in Oc­to­ber.

“What we did was that through our ac­cess to var­i­ous ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and news medium we raised the gen­eral con­scious­ness as it re­lates to breast cancer, early de­tec­tion, screen­ing, check and so on,” says group founder Peter St. Rose. At the end of Oc­to­ber the group also staged a char­ity event, rais­ing EC$1,500 which it­con­tributed to ‘Faces of Cancer’.

“This was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for us tak­ing up this cause and we were also able to part­ner with the Walk for Cancer as Friends in the Fight, part­ner­ing Yo­plait through CFL,” St. Rose says.

For Salsa St. Lu­cia’s an­nual end of year char­ity event, the group has taken up the is­sues re­lat­ing to women and girls with the aim of de­mon­strat­ing its ab­hor­rence to any form of vi­o­lence against them. “We are aware that this vi­o­lence comes in many forms and it is not just the scars we see from the phys­i­cal vi­o­lence. You have the eco­nomic, so­cial, phsy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional; the rape, the in­cest, the abuse and on and on,” St. Rose lamented.

Next Fri­day 11th De­cem­ber, Salsa St. Lu­cia will be host­ing “Black­out” for its an­nual char­ity event. It will be held at the Bougainvil­lea Room at the Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel from 9:30 pm. The evening of Latin fun will be­gin with drinks tast­ings as well as sam­pling of fruit-cake in keep­ing with the Christ­mas spirit. There will also be mini Latin classes and demon­stra­tions fol­lowed by the dance party un­til 2:00 am.

Fol­low­ing the event, con­tri­bu­tions will be made to­wards the At Risk Women’s Sup­port Cen­tre and the Up­town Gar­dens Girls’ Cen­tre.

Salsa St. Lu­cia is call­ing on its friends and sup­port­ers to show up in large num­bers next Fri­day wear­ing black with a hint of colour to sup­port the cause. Among the spon­sors are RCI, Choice TV, WLBL, Saint Lu­cia Dis­tillers, Mer­chan­diz­ing Plus, Glace, RJ Clarke, Peter & Com­pany Ltd, Sun­shine Snacks, Sun­shine Ce­re­als, Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel, Yel­low Tail Wines, Devon Bis­cuits and Atwell Dal­gliesh.

Dorothy Phillip of Faces of Cancer re­ceives a cheque from Peter St. Rose of

Salsa St. Lu­cia.

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