26th Jun, 2019

Belly dancing Emma's fundraising hafla boosts blood cancer coffers

BIG-Hearted Redditch belly dancer Emma Wheate-Price and her troupe have raised an incredible £1,053 for the charity Myeloma UK.

Emma has been a belly dance teacher for the past ten years and each year holds two charity dance parties – or haflas – to raise money for good causes both nationally and locally.

The haflas are a belly dancing party also featuring a bazaar, raffle and even a male belly dancing competition.

Over the years she’s raised more than £16,000 for 20 plus charities and when one of her dancers approached her asking if they could support Myeloma UK as her husband suffers from it, Emma didn’t hesitate to help.

“Myeloma is a blood cancer, the second most common form of blood cancer and each year 5,700 people are diagnosed with it,” said Emma whose performance name is Amira – which means Princess in Arabic.

“Treatment can prove very effective but currently there is no cure. Patients will undergo a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy as part of their treatment.”

The hafla was held at Bridley Moor and Batchley Social Club and through tickets sales and everything else raised a grand total of £1,053 for Myeloma UK.

“Ladies of all ages and abilities attend my belly dance classes,” said Emma.

“It’s great for flexibility, co-ordination, core strength and body confidence.

“It’s also a great way for women to socialise and learn a new dance style!”

For more information visit www.belly-jewels.co.uk or Amira Belly Jewels on Facebook.

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