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Zumbathon planned to raise funds for ACLT

GOOD CAUSE: Zumbathon planned to raise funds for ACLT

KIND-HEARTED Brits are being asked to support a dance exercise event being held to raise funds for leukemia charity, the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT).

The charity is hoping 500 people will come out to its second Zumbathon party at Crystal Palace National sports arena in southeast London on Sunday 29 April from 2pm to 4pm.

Part of its aim is also to raise awareness of the need for more black and mixed race blood and bone marrow donors.

Zumba fuses Latin-inspired dance with exercise and has in the last few years taken the world by storm.

The ACLT’s fitness party will be led by various world-class Zumba instructors. There will also be a raffle and each participant will receive a goody bag, organisers said.

All money raised will go directly towards future projects and activities to further increase awareness of the low numbers of minority ethnic groups on the UK bone marrow, blood and organ donor registers.

Currently, African and Caribbeans have a one in 100,000 chance of finding an unrelated matched bone marrow donor while their white counterparts have a one in five chance.

The charity has received the support of comedian and radio personality Eddie Kadi and actors Tameka Empson and Chucky Venn and is hoping to raise more than £10,000.

"As a supporter of the ACLT and a lover of Zumba, this is truly a match made
in heaven! I can't wait to get my kit on and dance the afternoon away, it's going to be a fantastic day which I hope the public come out to support," Eastenders actress, Empson said.
The charity led by Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis, has helped save many lives by inspiring thousands of black and mixed race people to join donor registries in the 16 years since it was founded.

De-Gale said: "The ACLT annual Zumbathon is a great way for families to get active and
have fun together. Last year we saw many grandmothers, mothers, sisters,
cousins and nieces participate which was wonderful. It was a perfect family
day out; group exercise on mass whilst learning about the importance of
becoming an active donor across bone marrow, blood and organ donation.

The event is open to all members of the public and the entry fee is £15 for adults and £10 for children under 16. Registration can be done online at www.aclt.org .

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