Claire Barron of Guelph, Ontario has launched a unique fund-raising initiative and mental health awareness campaign that encourages people anywhere to Dance Like Nobody’s Watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBUeTuVF2-I
To date, the Dance Like Nobody’s Watching challenge has resulted in some amazing online videos of people dancing their hearts out.
Barron launched the contest earlier this month on World Mental Health Day as a fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
“For many, it is hard to dance with joy, as they feel little joy in their lives. I have had friends and family members struggle with depression and mental illness. For them, it is harder for the music to move them,” says Barron. “So, I have decided to encourage the world to share their own ‘dance of joy’ with friends, family and acquaintances, to help end stigma and bring awareness to those struggling to find mental health.”
Barron is a woodworker whose company, Bear Boards, creates custom counter tops, tables, headboards, cheese and bread boards and other products. She is donating prizes for the best submissions.
CMHA, Kelowna branch, is judging the entries. You can read a message about the contest from its Executive Director, Shelagh Turner, on the CMHA Kelowna website.
We encourage you to play, be active and empower others and join the contest by “dancing like nobody’s watching”. Details about the contest and rules can be found on the BearBoards Website or, check out the contest Facebook page here.
If you have further questions, or would like more information, email Barron at firstname.lastname@example.org.