Weʼre raising £1,000 to send ballet shoes to the Natashas Project www.thenatashasproject.co.uk who help victims of human trafficking with dance classes.
- United Kingdom
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I wanted to set this project up as my way of helping the world, one pair of ballet shoes at a time.
I decided to start off with helping human trafficked victims have some hope by giving them a pair of ballet shoes. It's only a pair of shoes, but it's a way of giving them a symbol of hope that they can heal, they can dream again and that they can dance. This is something that breaks my heart into a million pieces and sometimes on FaceBook or Instagram I will burst into tears at the horrors people endure, all for the inhumane act we call human trafficking.
Yet at the same time, I am overjoyed when justice prevails, when Ashton Kutcher creates a software to protect children from trafficking online and when you read about rescue, recovery and healing of victims now freed. Giving hope is something that sets my soul on fire. For me there is no greater way of fulfilling my purpose in life than using my passion and love for dance to give hope.
The perfect thing was even though I was honking of offering ballet shoes to this project, with the dance style being contemporary, the group would be dancing barefoot - for various reasons due to trauma, religion and beliefs this wouldn't always make the dancer comfortable to dance barefoot. I decided that I would set up a giving page to get just over 120 ballet shoes funded.
The Natasha's Project run 6 workshops over a specific period of time, with a maximum of 20 places for one workshop. The groups are dependant on who can make it, who stays or what new people join. 20 could stay over the 6 weeks or 20 new people could attend every week.
I decided on aiming to collect over 120 ballet shoes of different sizes and variety that would give the flexibility to give each dancer a pair of shoes. Even have some extra! I have set up this page with a deadline of a few months where whoever is interested can sponsor £10, or whatever the equivalent is in your country's currency.
Most dancers know that various sizes of ballet shoe can vary in price, but £10 is a good standard if a pair of shoes is less, whereas another is slightly more - it will balance it out. Once I have my goal achieved I will look to plan how I personally package the shoes and how they reach their destination, my personal financial contribution. To avoid any unpractical costs and endeavours , I won't be accepting secondhand shoes at this stage, but would appreciate the financial gifting towards purchasing shoes myself, through one,big, bulk order.
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Katie Lana Fulton
May 11, 2018
Thank you for hosting a fundraiser for such a cause. You’re the most selfless, loving, and kind person I have the honor of calling “friend” (or, more specifically my “Bestie Over The Pond”) ❤️🙏🌍
Mar 20, 2018
A fantastic way to help heal the heart and soul. 💕
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