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On Saturday afternoon at Southlands High School, the atmosphere was electric. A motivated crowd gathered to exercise for two hours whilst raising money for the link school in Bijilo, Gambia.

Outside all you could hear was the sound of music and laughter. Inside the Zumba class combined dance moves inspired by samba, salsa, mambo and hip hop with classic moves from aerobics and martial arts.

Over two hundred pounds was raised which will contribute towards a new roof for a school in the Gambia. The existing wooden roof is plagued with termites and is due to be replaced for a metal structure in October. Without the fundraising of students and staff at Southlands High School, this would be near impossible for the primary school and would have a detrimental impact on the teaching in this deprived part of West Africa.

“It was a fantastic event that was well supported by the local community. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the Zumba and we managed to raise money for a great cause!”  Mark Fowle, Head Teacher

“Southlands School raised the roof at the weekend with a Zumba extravaganza! It was amazing to see so many people gather for both the fitness classes and just to join in the community spirit whilst at the same time raising much needed funds for Gambia. The money raised will go towards vital work to improving education facilities for a school in Gambia and it is credit to the school that they have gone the extra mile to help those most in need.”  Lindsay Hoyle MP

There are plans to hold another Zumba event in the courtyard at Southlands High School in the Summer.

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