Zumba Dance Against Hate in Pietermaritzburg

Interested in getting fit while helping people at the same time?

If you are, then why not join an action packed session of Zumba with Nicci Muscat, Chantal Anley and Kaelyn Govender in a Dance Against Hate. This event will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 9am, at St Alpheges Church, at 24 Connaught Road in Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg.

Entrance is R50 and there will be great prizes up for grabs and selling of rainbow cupcakes on the day.

In a press release, the Gay and Lesbian Network, Pietermaritzburg, noted that Zumba is the most popular group exercise in the world! Inspired by Latin dance and incorporates dancing, music and movement into an exercise routine that feels more like a dance party than a workout, it not only helps to lose weight and build muscle, but also reduces stress levels.

Fundraising event

The event is a fundraiser for network and all funds raised will go towards fighting the plight of hate crimes. A report published earlier this year by the Hate Crimes Working Group revealed that at least 35% of all (reported) hate crime cases in South Africa involved lesbian, gay, and bisexual victims; while 8% involved transgender victims, where transgender women were particularly affected.

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Anthony Waldhausen, director of the Gay and Lesbian Network said “This event is a major fundraiser for the Gay and Lesbian Network to raise much needed funds for our work around hate crimes that are perpetrated against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) community in KwaZulu-Natal. This would also include conducting workshop with the police, healthcare workers, schools in order sensitise them on LGBTI needs and hope they are more supportive towards LGBTI people. This event would also create an awareness of the work of the Network.”

Call for support

He gave a special thank you to the Zumba instructors Nicci Muscat, Chantal Anley and Kaelyn Govender who came forward to support the event. “We call on all the residents of Pietermaritzburg to support this worthwhile and important event.”

The Gay & Lesbian Network is a registered non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal It offers a wide range of programmes and services to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community.

Website: www.gaylesbian.org.za

More info: 033 342 6165 or info@gaylesbian.org.za

In the picture: Zumba instructors, from left to right, Nicci Muscat, Kaelyn Govender and Chantal Anley.
Picture by Mandy Killian

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