Farrah limbers up for 24-hour charity danceathon
A local dance teacher and artist has set herself the gruelling challenge of a 24-hour danceathon to raise money for mental health and food banks.
Farrah Fortnam, a mum-of-two from Windmill Hill, will be livestreaming her day-long dancing session from her home, via her Facebook page, and will be encouraging others to join her virtually to help raise thousands for charity.
The dance-enthusiast has set herself the ambitious - but by no means unreachable - target of £2,400 - £100 for each hour she dances. The two charities she will be raising money for are Mind and LIVE for Love UK, a campaign in aid of food banks.
From Bollywood to classical music, hip-hop to popular dance anthems, Farrah has created a varied playlist to get her through the challenge which takes place on February 20, from 10am. She also plans to team up with several DJs for live sets.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted many people’s mental health, says Farrah, so she hopes people will find joy by dancing along. Farrah is no stranger to tough dancing challenges, as last May she raised £1,600 for the NHS by dancing 16 hours from ‘dusk till dawn’.
Now she hopes to up the ante by dancing for an extra eight hours. Farrah says that this is her ‘toughest challenge yet’.
She told the South Bristol Voice: “I’m a bit worried as last time my calves were really burning by the end of it, but I love music so I’m going to push on through. I know so many people who are struggling with depression during these times, so I thought I’ve got to do this for mental health.”
Farrah livestreams four fitness sessions a week from her Facebook page, so she hopes that this will help build up her fitness levels for the danceathon.
She will be joined by her son and daughter, aged nine and six, who will take over from Farrah when she needs a quick break to refuel.
Outside of national lockdown, Farrah runs her energetic dance classes – including Bollywood Fit and Raving Fit for both adults and children – from the Windmill Hill Community Centre and often teaches Bollywood dancing at festivals.
To join Farrah’s 24-hour danceathon, visit ‘Farrah’s Dance Workout’ on Facebook. To donate, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/farrahs24hrdanceathon