Help Gilly and Djembe Forte “drum cancer” out for good!

MEET THE MASTER: Djembe Forte recently hosted a drumming dancing workshop with world renowned West African drummer Mohamed Bangoura, who gave Gilly some tips for her performance next week.

MEET THE MASTER: Djembe Forte recently hosted a drumming dancing workshop with world renowned West African drummer Mohamed Bangoura, who gave Gilly some tips for her performance next week.

The NSW Cancer Council will again be hosting Dancing with the Stars Eurobodalla on Saturday, July 22, at Tomakin Sport and Recreation Club to raise money to help local people dealing with cancer.

This is the second year that this dance event is being held, following on last year’s success and is loosely based on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” with professional dance instructors being paired up with novice locals who are the “stars”.  Each local learns a dance routine and perform at the event.

This year, Narooma’s very own local high energy West African drumming group Djembe Forte, who performed at Narooma’s Relay for Life and also smashed it at Narooma Rotary’s recent busking competition, have teamed up with Narooma resident Gilly Kearney, who is learning a West African song and dance.

Gilly will perform her dance with Djembe Forte at the Dancing with Stars event. Tickets are still available for $60, which includes supper, limited drinks and entertainment, from Tomakin Sports Club.

Gilly was Eurobodalla Relay for Life’s Narooma chairperson in 2017 and is a cancer survivor and carer, currently helping her husband through recovery and was delighted to learn an African Dance as her late father, who died from cancer, was a South African and she is dedicating her dance to him.

She is a late addition to contestant list and has only had short time to perfect her routine with Djembe Forte, who in her words have “been just awesome”.

Chief drummer Rob Merigan and dancer Tara Moore are also Narooma locals and have supported and mentored her all the way.

There has also been local help and support with the costumes from Judy Barry-Cotter, who designed Djembe Forte’s bright costumes and Kay Lawrence – Gilly’s neighbour and friend, who has made Gilly’s West African themed costume, based on Judy’s design.  “It’s been a real team effort,” Gilly said.

The Dancing with the Stars Eurobodalla event is about having fun and arising awareness but is also about raising funds to continue providing assistance where it’s needed and each “contestant” has set a goal to try and raise as close to $2000 as possible.

Get behind Gilly and Djembe Forte by donating to her fund raising page at https://starsofeurobodalla2017.everydayhero.com/au/gilly-kearney%20

You can also follow her progress and find out more about our own local drumming group on Djembe Forte’s Facebook Page.

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