It is July and the months are just flying! Some fantastic things have been happening on the Dance for Parkinson’s SA front!

An update on our Thundafund campaign, we did it! We reached our first goal of R30 000. And then some! We finished the fundraising campaign with R40 055! What a whopper! The Thundafund Company takes 7% commission and any bank charges and Dance for Parkinson’s SA get the rest.

I am absolutely thrilled and so very grateful to all the backers who gave of their hard earned cash to donate to this cause. This means that I am able to get to New York in October to do 2 courses and to complete my exams and studies. Very exciting!

After our national TV exposure on Kyknet/Kwela, we received numerous calls, emails and WhatsApp’s about the classes and also about our future training courses. This national exposure resonated with many people and it was heart-warming to hear that this program brought hope and shed some light on Parkinson’s disease. As much as we want to grow the Dance program, we also want to bring awareness about this disease. Many people have never heard about Parkinson’s and our message touched many. In light of this fantastic response, Carmen and I are in the process of putting together our first training course. This is potentially scheduled for the first week in December in Gauteng (JHB). Of course, much needs to happen first, with regards me completing various courses and exams. We are also hopeful that Carmen will be able to join me for the last course in New York.

We also had Huisgenoot/YOU multimedia journalist Gys Visser do a beautiful feature about our classes that was featured on line this week.
 
We have had a number of new participants join our Cape Town class and also the Somerset West class. It is humbling to see the various stages of the disease and how each person is affected. Our mission is to warmly welcome, love and nurture these dancers. And after class we sit and have chat time over coffee and treats. This week, my Goddaughter, Cheyenne Nolte, baked the most delicious chocolate cupcakes for our Somerset West class. They were fresh and warm when she bought them to our class on Thursday. The reason for this, is that she follows what her Godmother does and felt she wanted to contribute and be a part of this special program. Our dancers were so touched by this young girl’s generosity and love. Thank you my darling…her mother also happens to be my first friend that I made when I moved as a 12 year old from East London to Somerset West. 29 years of friendship. Precious.

Let us remember to not take our mobility for granted. Keep moving, onwards, upwards, sideways or in a waltz. Let music be your partner and keep the dance of life alive.

Love,
Julie