Ahhh, so this is why you wanna put a ring on it, Thom Yorke! All in the name of charity …
Fine, one can only wish that the Radiohead frontman’s (fabricated) Beyoncé dance party of one is for a good cause. Plenty of other rug-cutters, however, have real invitations to lose control of their limbs and senses with the greater good in mind.
Though the concept has been around for decades, fundraising dance marathons on college campuses around the country are making headlines for their growing impact. Last Saturday afternoon (and night…and following day), attendees of a UCLA-hosted event clocked in 26 straight hours of dancing (because 24 is so last year), raising $410,530.68 for pediatric AIDS research and awareness programs. Not to be outdone, the massive two-day student party known as THON just raised a jaw-dropping $9,563,016.09 toward the fight against pediatric cancer. Yowzers.
Reports of some participants dancing themselves sick should get a big fat “duh” in response; who wouldn’t be a sweaty, delirious mess after attempting to keep rhythm for 48 hours!? In the big picture, any discomfort pales in comparison to the pain young HIV/AIDS and cancer patients push through every day. In the smaller picture: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Keep your eye out for dance marathons in your community or take initiative to start one of your own. When training for the big event, Thom Yorke’s video tutorials may just come in handy.
Plan an Event
Though geared toward teachers, these tips will help you lay the framework for hosting a charity dance-a-thon in your school or community.
Support the Cause
Find upcoming dance marathons supporting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, one of the beneficiaries from the UCLA event.