......3 hours of Zumba and more!.........................
Prepare yourselves for a Zumbathon like no other! Held at The One Church, a gorgeous space, with stained glass windows and wooden floors (perfect for lots of dancing). Healthy snacks and refreshments will be available to keep us going through an evening full of routines from all over the world. 5 Guest Zumba instructors will be providing some extra sass and shine!
Hosted by Zumba with Mon and Zumba with Tess -:
Special guests Azonto Beats will be performing for us at half time, giving us an opportunity to catch our breath or join in with some Azonto fun, up to you! Don't miss out!
£15/£12 concession price
DOORS OPEN AT 4:30
......Why are we doing this?..................................
The weather is getting more difficult for refugees in Northern France, their tents get destroyed in an instant and police are removing people every day. Unaccompanied children are having to hide to avoid being removed. Please please help us raise much needed funds to provide people with supplies and adequate clothing required for the cold months ahead. I have spent the morning searching the internet for information and pictures for this event and I have no words for what is happening and I can't even imagine having to go through what these brave people, children and babies included, have gone through to get to Calais!
Calais Action is a direct-giving refugee aid and advocacy group which is part of the UK grassroots aid movement.
In 2015 the refugee crisis became front-page news across the world. Affected by images of the plight of refugees in camps across Europe, the grassroots aid movement (otherwise known as the people-to-people, or people solidarity movement) consisting of thousands of private individuals with no prior NGO experience began in earnest to self-organise and form groups taking aid to areas of displaced persons.
Calais Action's founder, Libby Freeman, visited Calais in July 2015 with a van of donated items. Upon returning she founded direct-giving group Calais Action Newspaper coverage and TV interviews inspired a wave of interest from the public.As a result of the press coverage, many people contacted Freeman wanting to help, and so a group of individuals nationwide was created, where aid was collected in local drops and delivered to Calais, Hungary and the Greek Islands.
After the publication of photos of Aylan Kurdi, the drowned child refugee on a Turkish beach in August 2015 in news outlets worldwide, public support and sympathy for refugees peaked, and Calais Action's map of UK-wide aid drops was used in the Guardian to direct concerned readers. Following the huge public response, over 8,000 square feet of aid was collected and sent from the Calais Action warehouse in London to Northern France, Hungary, and the Greek Islands.
When the Calais Jungle was partially demolished by French authorities in March 2016, it was found that 129 unaccompanied minors in the camp there were unaccounted for.
Calais Action campaigned in Parliament to provide more safe and legal routes for refugees, and supported the Dubs Amendment to the Immigration Bill, created by Labour peer Alf Dubs to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the UK. The Dubs Amendment was defeated on its first passage through the Commons on 25 April 2016, but a later revision of the Amendment was submitted to the Commons and was passed on 9 May 2016 after both David Cameron and Theresa May conceded in the face of public pressure.
Calais Action continues to send aid to Europe and raise awareness of refugees and the necessity for safe and legal routes to asylum. Calais Action is a Restricted Fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund, Registered Charity number 1099682.
Calais Action Brighton got stablished 2 years ago by a group of people in Brighton who wanted to add their part to sending aid to Calais, since then they have ben holding regular collections in central Brighton every couple of months and are always in need of funds to buy extra items to top up their collections.
They are currently in need of money to buy waterproof ponchos and foil balnkets to make up clothes packs.
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