Dance for a cause | Wyndham

Several Wyndham professionals, including a counsellor, pediatrician and event coordinator, will put on their best dancing shoes in August to raise funds for mental health and suicide prevention among the municipality’s youth.

The Werribee Mazda Dance Stars on the Floor event was organized by Heather Marcus, to “urgently support” a cause close to her heart.

Mrs. Marcus lost her younger sister Nan, who committed suicide a few years ago.

“[Nan] had mental health issues, she had five sisters, a brother and a mother…but she felt she couldn’t talk to any of us,” she said.

Other families in the community have spoken to Ms Marcus about loved ones who had also taken their own lives.

“I don’t want families to go through what we went through losing our sister…I thought we had to do something about it,” she said.

The idea for a dance competition was inspired by her own experiences with ballroom dancing, and Ms. Marcus organized the first event in 2019, raising more than $40,000 for the city’s mental health services.

“We want to make sure we have good services for people with mental health issues as well as youth suicide prevention services,” she said.

Ms Marcus said the eight dancers were ‘totally out of their comfort zone’ but put their hearts and souls into it.

“They do a brilliant job…just to see how everyone works together…it’s just a beautiful atmosphere,” she said.

A list of famous judges will include Tristan MacManus, Paul Mercurio and Craig Monley.

Residents can purchase a ticket to help raise funds for mental health services.

The event will take place from 6:45 p.m. on Friday, August 5 at the Wyndham Cultural Center.

For assistance, contact Lifeline 13 11 14.


Fatima Halloum

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