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Join Zumbathon to save minority charity

PUBLISHED: 15:20 26 January 2011 | UPDATED: 10:35 28 January 2011

Rhian-Skye Downes will lead a two-hour Zumbathon at Bridge Park Community Centre to help raise money for the African-Caribbean Leaukeamia Trust

Rhian-Skye Downes will lead a two-hour Zumbathon at Bridge Park Community Centre to help raise money for the African-Caribbean Leaukeamia Trust

Adrien Daste

Energetic people wanted for two-hour dance-off to save bone marrow charity by March

A FITNESS instructor is calling on people to sign-up to a two-hour danceathon in a bid to save a charity from closing.

Rhian-Skye Downes, who takes Zumba classes – a mix of latin dance moves and fitness exercises – at Bridge Park Community Centre (BPCC), in Harrow Road, hopes to help raise £80,000 for bone marrow and blood donation charity the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT).

ACLT was set-up by Beverley De-Gale 15 years ago to encourage people from ethnic minorities to register after struggling to find a bone marrow donor for son Daniel.

Daniel went on to become one of the first black people in the UK to have a transplant at the age of 12.

Miss Skye, who went to university with Daniel, will hold the Zumbathon at BPCC, who donated the venue for free, on March 3.

Daniel died at the age of 21 shortly after completing his degree following further complications.

She said: “The government has cut its funding and is now facing closure. We are looking for people to come down and support the cause. They can’t let it close.”

The workout starts at 12.30pm on Saturday, March 5; £15 adults and £10 kids.

To register call 07891 832591 or email skye_2000@hotmail.com.

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