In Kathmandu, Nepal, Restless Development and dance4life organised the ‘Dance Marathon 2013’, an advocacy and fundraising event. The event was also in association with Child Workers In Nepal (CWIN) and YUWA and supported by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. The event aimed to raise awareness among young people on gender equality and to support Chepang girl’s education in Dhading. The Chepang are one of Nepal’s most disadvantaged and marginalized indigenous groups, particulary struggling to educate their children due to poverty.
The first ever dance marathon received overwhelming energy and enthusiasm from 95 (61 female) young people, aged between 16 and 28, who danced along musical performances by DJs and Dancers. 75 of the dancers endured and danced till the end for an epic 8 hours 8 minutes and 8 seconds showing solidarity on gender equality.
Dance Marathon saw 6 winners, 5 of them female, at the end who took a total break time of only 2 minutes.
“I am committed to the cause and I am proud I survived till the end.”
- Sunisha Magar, 19, one of the Dance Marathon winners.
The event also raised ca £1000 (150000 NPR) in vital support for Chepang girl's education.