Dancers to aid tsunami workers
By ASTORIA BARR - Star Correspondent
LOCAL tsunami survivor Sue Whiteman continues her Thailand fundraising efforts with zeal with a series of danceathons and a new foster parents project.
Sue, a dance teacher, was so moved by her experiences in Phuket that she has dedicated herself to supporting tsunami orphans.
Local schools are supporting the Heart to Heart Foundation that was set up after Sue helped to organise the largest charity concert in Bangkok.
The foundation met the King of Thailand and is now sponsoring a foster care project for the orphaned children of the devastated fishing villages of Baan Num Kem and of Phra Tong Island.
The Heart to Heart project aims to raise funds to help tsunami victims and their families directly rather than channel them through any large organisation.
For the past five years Sue has worked in Thailand where she set up the Bangkok Dance Company.
She was on her way to Phuket for dance rehearsals when the tidal wave hit and considers herself lucky to be alive.
"I have made it back to Australia for a reason, and that reason is to give something back to the country that has been so good to me," Sue said.
Five danceathons are planned for February 25, 26 and March 27.
The danceathons are being held simultaneously in Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Alstonville, Ballina and Bangkok.
There will be dance classes in jazz, funk, ballet, tap, contemporary, song and dance, salsa, yoga, musical theatre and line dancing.
Sponsorship forms are available at Lu Lu's Cafe in Mullumbimby, from Byron Discovery in Byron Bay, at Bangalow Basics Greengrocers and also from Healthy Foods.
As a dance teacher, Sue is calling on the dance community to become involved. Anyone who would like to help can contact Sue on 6686 2520.