In need of a helping hand!

Hello everyone,

A blog updating you on my past month at the Bolshoi is coming shortly I assure you, but I wanted to use this particular blog to reach out to you about something a little different.
I know that many of you reading this are young aspiring dancers. I also know that many of you work yourself to the bone day in and day out, in order to achieve your ultimate goals and to fulfill your performance dreams. While I agree that dance isn’t a sport, we must acknowledge the fact that we are athletes and train like them.
We know what it is like to be injured, the frustration of not being able to work, watching others grow stronger while your training is on hold. We also know how rewarding it is to finally start achieving again once the rest period following injury has run its path. Please continue to read the remainder of this blog with this in mind.

Somebody extremely dear to me, Michael Thaibsyah, is currently training to become part of the British Army. He enrolls into Sandhurst (Royal Military Academy) this coming September, where he will train to become an Army Officer.

Michael alongside his friend, Rory Ormiston, will be competing in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon on the 31st March 2013 (just 6 weeks away). They will attempt to paddle 125 miles non-stop in a K2 kayak. Over a third of competitors drop out each year due to hypothermia or exhaustion. However, if I know Michael like I think I do, he will be sure to drag himself and Rory over that finishing line, and they aim to do so in under 24 hours. 

Experts recommend a minimum of 6 months intensive training due to the sheer physical and mental endurance required. 6 months ago Michael was on an operating table having reconstructive surgery on his knee. Despite this, amongst other personal injuries between the two of them, Rory and Michael have overcome these hurdles in sub-zero temperatures to get out training for this event. So far, they have been successful in there training and build up races, but now they need your help.

All of you will be able to emphasise with the sheer motivation and dedication it will have taken for Michael to come back from surgery, to put himself through such a hard training regime and all in the name of charity. I am hoping you will acknowledge this factor and see just how remarkable such an achievement is to an Athlete.

This event is on behalf of Southampton UOTC to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund – a remarkable charity that provides financial aid to our soldiers and their families who are in need. In recent times of conflict, they have never needed our help more. Any donation will be gratefully received and you can be assured it will help those soldiers and their families in need.

Please take a look at the JustGiving page below and if possible, please give a donation. Alternatively, if you fancy sponsoring them for a given amount per mile that they complete, then please contact me! The boys will make regular updates on their progress and you can view some of their pictures on the JustGiving page below.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I know it isn’t dance related but I knew you would be the perfect audience to appreciate the endurance needed for such an event.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and I will get that blog to you shortly!


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