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#DANCE4DIGNITY and Help Women in Need

National charity organisation, Share the Dignity, is calling for Australians to put on their dancing shoes and register to take part in Dance4Dignity on June 1 and 2.

In partnership with Nia Australia, Share the Dignity are asking dance teachers across the country to donate a class on the weekend of June 1-2 to help raise funds and awareness of the issues faced by women and girls experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and period poverty. Participants will then be able to purchase tickets to the classes for $20 per person.

Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said she hoped that the event would see women coming together to show solidarity and support for those in the community who are experiencing period poverty.

“Every night, 48,000 women face the indignity of not having somewhere safe to lay their heads. We want to see 48,000 pairs of feet on the dance floor, dancing to bring these women the basic dignity of access to sanitary items when they need them,” said Ms. Courtenay.

The organisation has distributed more than 1.7 million sanitary items since 2015, and with the number of Australians experiencing poverty and homelessness on the rise, it is expected that the demand for their services will be even higher in 2019.

“So many women, every month, have to forfeit sanitary products because they cannot afford them. Many mothers have to choose between buying tampons and feeding their children. Girls miss out on school simply because families cannot afford to buy the basics necessities,” stressed Ms Courtenay.

Here in Yamba, we will be holding our Nia Community Class on Sunday June 2 from 9am – 10:15am at Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, 78 Angourie Road Yamba. “We have chosen to take part in this fundraiser because at Nia Yamba we love to reach out to our community to support those in need as often as possible. We are a very caring and connected group of women who want to see all women maintain their dignity,” explained Nia teachers, Carol Greenwood and Gabrielle Hawke.

You need no prior dance or Nia experience, just bring your friends, kick off your shoes, dance from the heart and have some fun for a good cause! Wear comfortable exercise clothes and bring a bottle of water. Yoga mats will be available should you require one or you are welcome to bring your own.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/events/dance4dignity-yamba/

For more information visit >> https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/dance4dignity/

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