Dance for FIVE! – Help save a child’s life

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8.8 million children younger than 5 died in 2008 from mostly preventable health issues such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition and complications at birth.  Another 500,000 moms died in pregnancy, and during or after childbirth. – World Vision Canada

On Saturday June 19th, Flash Mob Vancouver will be holding a Dance for FIVE! event to send a message about infant mortality rates to Canadian and other world leaders who will be meeting at the G8 Summit in Musoka, Ontario later this month.

For five minutes, at a yet to be disclosed location, hundreds of people will gather together to perform a choreographed dance number to the song, “One World” by Toby Mac.

Organized in conjunction with World Vision Canada, Vancouver Improv Anywhere, Make Your Mark, and the City Reach Care Society, Dance for FIVE! is an effort to pressure world governments to make the health of children and mothers a top priority.

Rehearsals will be taking place at “The Warehouse,” 2650 Slocan Street (off Broadway) on the following evenings:

Thursday, May 6th @ 7:30PM

Thursday, May 13th @ 7:30PM

Thursday, June 3rd @ 7:30PM

Thursday, June 10th @ 7:30PM

and Thursday, June 17th @ 7:30PM (LAST GROUP REHEARSAL)

On the night of the last rehearsal, dancers are asked to bring a white t-shirt with them to decorate and wear on the day of the event.

An instructional video has been posted online, so you can learn the dance from home (though it is still recommended that you attend at least 3 of the group rehearsals).

For those of you who feel passionately about this issue, World Vision Canada encourages you to send a letter to your members of parliament, as well as sign the global petition.

“5 years is not a child’s lifetime…it is a tragedy” – World Vision Five for 5 Campaign.

On June 19th, let’s dance to raise awareness and send a clear message to our leaders that child and maternal health MUST BE the G8 Development Issue in 2010!

By Flavia Kajoba