This will be the second time Zumba Instructor Rachel Evans has organised a themed fundraising event, she says 'The reason I started was because a year ago my very close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was very aggressive and thank God she has made it through treatment, so far so good. During the diagnosis period one of the most heart-breaking and memorable chats we had was about her kids and how her death would impact on their lives. My friend is a very strong lady and this was the first time I saw her cry. My way of sorting this out was to be productive and organise events to help support charities such as Nelsons Journey who help the children and young people in the worst case scenario of these situations.’
Entertainment for the night will consist of Nachde Punjabi Dancers who will be giving a lively performance on the night encouraging audience participation and Hayes based group, NPD who will perform energetic bhangra with a modernised twist. Having recently performed on Britain's Got Talent, Got 2 Dance (Sky1), Channel 4 (The Family) and appeared on several BritAsia music videos NPD will help ensure the evening is memorable for all the right reasons.
Throughout the evening there will be sections of Zumba led by six Norwich Zumba Instructors for Ball Goers to join in.
Sarah, Community Funding and Marketing Officer for Nelson’s Journey said ‘We are so excited for this event, it’s such a unique idea for a fundraising event and a great way to get everyone involved in raising money. Rachel is a true inspiration to us all with the work she does supporting charities and we truly appreciate being chosen as her charity for this event’
Radio Norwich 99.9 DJ Rob Chandler will be comparing though the evening, an auction and raffle will be run on the night with some fantastic prizes to be won and items to bid on.
Tickets are priced at £25.00 and can be purchased by contacting Rachel Evans on 07789 748457.
For more information about Nelson’s Journey and the services they provide to children and young people in Norfolk, please visit their website at www.nelsonsjourney.org,uk.
About Nelsons Journey
During 2013, Nelson’s Journey saw a further 25% increase in the demand for its service (a 67% increase was experienced in 2012). The Norfolk based charity believe this is largely down to local government funding cuts and scaling down of support services for these vulnerable individuals. During 2013 they received 506 referrals and has received over 200 this year.
Nelson’s Journey has been operating for 16yrs is a registered charity providing a service for children and young people aged 0-17 years inclusive, living in Norfolk, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. We aim to improve the emotional well being of bereaved children by: increasing their confidence and self belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement. We also provide opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.
Nelson’s Journey endeavours to ‘Bring back smiles to bereaved children’.
It is currently estimated that 1 in 29 school aged children have experienced the death of a parent or sibling, in Norfolk this equates to approximately 3,825 children. This figure is significantly higher when pre-school children and 17 year olds are included.