Anti-bullying Campaign Charity Zumbathon for Autism Awareness

 2016 International Humanitarian Award winner Anna Kennedy OBE leads anti-bullying campaign during Charity Zumbathon for Autism Awareness in Selsdon Community Centre, Croydon

The Anna Kennedy Online Charity with her team in collaboration with Croydon Zumba teacher and coordinator Leanne Lok created a fundraising Zumbathon with a difference on Saturday 12th November to continue to promote Autism Awareness and the Anti Bullying Campaign that launched this month #GiveUsABreak.

To make this day even more memorable and to continue with a unique collaborative objective, Dr Anna Kennedy OBE herself kick-started the Zumbathon with a talk about how the charity help and support so many individuals with Autism that are bullied and turn to the performing arts t3_zumbathono increase self-confidence prior to the warm up which started with Anna and well-known ‘Zumbatwinzz’ Gabriel and Adrian Borozescu as special guests which was an extra treat for all the participants.

The lead co-ordinator Leeann Lok said “It was a privilege to give our time to such a worthy cause. The participants were amazing and the atmosphere electric. Zumba brings people together, to help make a difference to people’s lives. Together we can  make a change for the better.”

The outcome was phenomenal with raising nearly £1500 and having so much fun, raffle prizes given away included an overnight stay in a top London hotel for two. Although it was two and a half hours – no one wanted to leave!

Anna recently received the International Humanitarian Awards in London a few weeks ago and has used this opportunity to continue to raise awareness across the UK by visiting schools, colleges and workplaces as well as support groups that approach her as well as families that try and fight so hard for their children’s access to the right education and provision.

The Anna Kennedy Online anti-bullying campaign started on 1st November 2016 and a video was released in conjunction with the national anti-bullying week 14 -18 November: https://youtu.be/gxVONhiF_1g  in this starred Croydon residents Mandy Gass, Jody Bridges, Adrijana Owen, Mala Thapar, Jane Moorhouse, Zahir Hafeez, Antac Mustafa alongside Zumbathon instructors, Ralph Sebastian , Grayce Joseph,  Awa Ginet Jones, Leeann Lok. Marianne de Almeida. Estelle Iza Trini Mangroo. Teresa Rusmi and  Jelena Mirosnikova who all appeared in the video alongside International celebrities  UB40, Carrie Grant, International boxer Amir Khan, Googlebox stars Sandi and The McCormicks family also from Gogglebox, whom have all collaborated with this very important campaign.

Sainbury’s Purley Way, Croydon Store Manager Steve Haward and his colleague Juanita Gatsby alongside fellow staff members also appeared on this video, who are avid supporters of the Charity and kindly donated refreshments and raffle prizes and love the ethos of the Charity and always help.1_zumbathon

All the Croydon Zumba teachers and participants from the Zumbathon enthusiastically participated and have been featured of this incredible and powerful video, created by Charity Patron Ryan Wiggins, last year he created a video called ‘Tomorrow’ that went viral within days. Anna Kennedy OBE stated, “When we hear about autism related subjects on the news, it is always doom and gloom. The Zumbathon is an exceptional way of bringing people together and promote Autism Awareness as well as having fun”.

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