Clowning around; raising money for children in crisis

By: Mila Brazzi

On Sunday 22nd Jan, Zumba teacher Matthew Blacklock, together with The Zumba Zone and 176 other brave (crazy) Brightonians got together at The Old Market and danced relentlessly for three hours in fantastically silly outfits to raise money for children’s charity, Clowns Without Borders UK.

The team of dancers and participants

Thanks to every wonderful person who used their Sunday morning to jump around in colourful wigs and red noses, £1,151 has been raised and will help fund the clowns’ next trip at the end of February. This will involve a tour of refugee camps and asylum centres in Serbia –  a country not in the ‘spot-light’ despite 350 refugees arriving there each day.

The Clowns Without Borders UK charity sends trained clowns around the world to give children living in crisis the gift of laughter – a tool for recovery, emotional release and respite from the challenges of daily life.

In 2016, the clowns completed four tours lifting spirits and reminding over 8,000 refugee children, how to be children again.

The clowns are currently spreading laughter in Athens, next month in Serbia and they have tours to be confirmed later in the year. All of which can be followed on their Twitter – @childrenlaughUK.

A group shot of the team out in Greece

We’re helping spread the Clowns Without Borders UK word so keep an ear out for the latest fun ways you can help and get involved in things like Sunday’s Zumbathon.

Matthew Blacklock’s Zumba and Pilates website with class details and more information can be found here.

Classes at The Zumba Zone can be seen here:

An action shot of the successful Zumbathon
Alice Finney