A dance school in NSW is helping to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, one step at a time.
For more than a decade, students at Sloan’s Dance Academy in Cessnock, about two hours north of Sydney, have been raising funds for a small preschool in rural Zambia.
Kelly Egan, the owner and director of Sloan’s Dance Academy and long-time ChildFund Australia supporter, started the fundraiser – a raffle held at the dance school’s annual concert – 11 years ago.
“Being able to give to people in need is the most amazing feeling,” Kelly says. “It gives our dance school and myself so much joy knowing we are making a difference.”
Every year at the concert, the proceeds from the sale of program pamphlets and the raffle are donated to the preschool in Zambia to help provide essential and equipment and resources. Over the years, the preschool was renamed the Kelly Egan Early Childhood Education Centre because of the ongoing support of Kelly and her dance academy.
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Kelly first discovered the preschool in 2008 when she travelled to Zambia to meet her sponsored child Auleria, whom she has been supporting through ChildFund for 14 years.