D4NCE 0N

Hosted by Rupa Lakha

Event Details

Rupa Lakha is delighted to announce her forthcoming event on, D4NCE 0N.                           


Post Event Update

13 November 2017, OKA Associate

Rupa Lakha's Danceathon event to celebrate her 40th birthday was the perfect example of fun, compassion and generosity.  At least 100 aspiring dancers of all ages gathered for face painting, henna tattoos, to eat, drink and make merry by dancing for two hours to energetic, uplifting music led by Rupa.  

Being grateful for opportunities in her life that have led to a successful career, Rupa wanted to extend the same chances to refugees in Kenya and Uganda. A staggering almost £6000 has been raised for the Xavier Project, which teaches long term skills to these refugees enabling a better chance in life. 


Event Details

Rupa Lakha, 11 September 2017

I was born in Kenya and came to the UK aged 5. Born to loving parents, I have had the benefit of a warm and secure upbringing, as well as an education to firmly stand me on my two feet. Opportunity has been handed to me and for that I am forever grateful. 

We have heard Malala's views on the right to education which almost cost her so dearly and yet, her choice to fight for her right to be educated stands her today as an undergraduate at Oxford University. An education should be a basic right, and yet too often it is not.

In Malala’s words, “In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education……it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond”.

I recently came across a charity called the Xavier Project. Its objective is to provide refugee children in Kenya and Uganda access to formal education in a safe environment. Xavier Project has two departments; the Education Department aims to increase access to relevant and good formal education delivered in a safe environment for refugee children. The ‘Tamuka’ Department aims to make vocational and life-long learning available to all refugees even in emergency situations, primarily through the use of ICT.

Since its inception in 2008, Xavier Project, through paying fees and providing other support, is enabling 996 refugee children to go to school. In Kenya, that is 65 in early childhood development, 592 primary school students and 159 secondary school students. In Uganda, that is 154 primary school students and 26 secondary school students.

I am looking to raise £2400 which will pay the fees for 4 children to attend secondary school for a year. To achieve this, I call upon you. 

For my birthday, I invite you to an afternoon of fun, music, food and drink. I invite you to participate in a charity Danceathon to raise money for the Xavier Project.

I am delighted to say that the Danceathon has the support of charity One Kind Act (OKA), winner of the Best Start-up Charity of the Year 2017 by the Asian Voice. OKA’s mission is to touch with kindness those suffering as a result of poverty of health, nutrition and education both in the UK and abroad. Unlike certain other “Charity for charities,” OKA ensures that EVERY PENNY pledged to this event will be paid directly to the Xavier Project. 

WHEN: 2:30pm-6:30pm on 12 November 2017. The detailed programme will be sent out in due course.

WHERE: The Rowland Brown Hall, St Helen’s School, Eastbury Road, Northwood HA6 3AS.

SO WHAT NEXT????

The Danceathon will last slightly over 2 hours and I will be dancing non-stop for that duration. You can join in for as little or as much as you can. Owing to space, I have to limit the number of participants for the Danceathon. To confirm your place to dance, you simply need to:

1) message me on 07939 245 405 replying "#D4NCE 0N" plus the number of attendees (feel free to bring family and friends)

AND

2) make a pledge through this Event page.

You can donate as much or as little as you like but the suggested MINIMUM pledge is £35 if you are participating in the Danceathon (£15 if under 12) and £10 if you are just coming to spectate, drink and eat.

To be honest all……it’s a steal compared to the diamond present I know you were going to get me………..

Any questions, please let me know. Otherwise, let’s “D4NCE 0N.”!

Rupa Lakha


About One Kind Act

One Kind Act Changes Communities and lives of others globally who suffer as a result of Poverty of Health, Nutrition and Education and may have Fallen Through The Net of the larger charities. Learn More here



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  • Charles Gurnham
    £100
    " Well done! "
  • Salmon
    £50
    " Well done! "
  • Ashna Patel
    £15
    " Well done on your very successful fundraiser! "
  • Anonymous
    £500
    " well danced "
  • Shamit Malhotra
    £50
    " An amazing event for an amazing cause. Rupa you are an inspiration Shamit & Rena "
  • Julie Le Milliere
    £20
    " Congratulations on a terrific event Rupa x "
  • Kaushik Shah
    £50
    " Congratulations on putting on such a energetic, fun event and making a difference in people's lives. Well done and thanks. Kaushik & Annu "
  • Charlie Searle
    £25
    " Well done, Rupa! Great cause and hope it is a lot of fun - look forward to seeing the event in full flow! "
  • Asheila Pattni
    £35
    " Wishing you an amazing day Rupa. So proud of you and all you do for charities 🥂 "
  • Sima
    £35
    " What a wonderful way to spend your birthday! "
  • Kshama Patel
    £35
    " Happy 40th Birthday to an amazing inspirational woman. I cannot wait to be a part of this amazing event, Well Done Rupa, proud to know you. Love from Kshama, Maya & Aashish xXx "
  • Bharat Soni
    £35
    " Absolutely amazing work, you've smashed it well done! "
  • Sapna Shah
    £40
    " Wonderful cause Rupa, supporting you all the way x Sapna & Andrew "
  • Deepa Parmar
    £50
    " Glad to be part of making a difference. Love the Parmars "
  • Amisha Jogia
    £101
    " Happy birthday Rupa! You should be very proud for doing such an amazing thing for a really worthwhile charity. Congratulations and lots of love, Ami, Iain, Shayan x x "
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  • Hasmita Zaveri
    £35
    " A beautiful jesture Rupa...good luck for today "
  • Dijay Soni
    £30
    " Good luck Rupa "
  • Maya Raval
    £25
    " Happy Birthday Rupa! An amazing thing you are doing for an amazing cause. Good luck, from Maya, Rohan and Chet "
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    £101
    " You makes us proud everyday. Happy Birthday my love x x x "
  • Komal Sharma
    £40
    " Happy birthday to a beautiful,strong and generous woman.Rock on !x x "
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    £50
    " Amazing Rupa, thank you for giving us this opportunity to make a difference and for sharing your special birthday with us. Much love, Anji Xx "
  • Daksha Versani
    £35
    " You truly are amazing!! Dance on Rupa x "
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    £35
    " Amazing cause Rupa!! Can't wait until tomorrow !! "
  • David Khalil
    £100
    " Fantastic way to celebrate your birthday. Love Stella, Nicole & Dave "
  • Sanjay Pattni
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    " Awesome idea. Love it "
  • Fiona Mackie
    £50
    " Such a wonderful cause - have a wonderful time! I never really knew that she could dance like this..... Fifitrixibelle "
  • Fiona Edmond
    £40
    " What a way to celebrate!! Have the most fabulous time! Lost of love Fiona (E) "
  • Chris Busaileh
    £25
    " Best of luck Rupa! "
  • Radha And Raghav
    £35
    " Happy Birthday Rupamasi! What a wonderful way to mark your special day. Mummy says it is indicative of your kind and caring nature and also an excuse to dance your socks off! Have a great day! "
  • Georgia
    £35
    " Such an amazing cause! Can't wait to hit the dance floor this weekend! x "
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    " I love to help you out as I am such a groover but my hip will give out. Steve "
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    " Well done Rupa! "
  • Chris Hadnutt
    £35
    " Happy Birthday Rupa! I'm sure the danceathon will be great fun "
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    £40
    " Happy birthday young lady! What an amazing thing youre doing for society..keep up the good work! Go girl!! Xx "
  • Neetu Chatterjee
    £35
    " Happy birthday Rupa! What a fantastic event - you are one very impressive lady! I’m looking forward to sharing your special day xx "
  • Amarjit Bhalla
    £40
    " Looking forward to it !! "
  • Maggie Lachlan
    £20
    " Happy Birthday and what a wonderful way to celebrate! "
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    £300
    " Happy Birthday! A great idea for a great charity - wishing you best of luck! From Partners & Staff at Charles Russell Speechlys "
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    £51
    " Happy Birthday hon! Such a great thing to do for an amazing cause - truely inspiring! xx "
  • Anne Ezzat
    £100
    " Congratulations Rupa what a wonderful idea. Love Anne. "
  • Joe Bearman
    £25
    " Happy birthday Rupa :) I hope that have a great day for such a great cause x "
  • Eddie Richards
    £25
    " Well done Rupa. All the best with the event and Happy Birthday. "
  • Zuliana Sachedina
    £35
    " Happy BIG 4-0 Rupa :-) What an amazing and selfless act of celebration! Hope you have a fantabulous day and the best year ahead xxx "
  • Marie Randall
    £50
    " Happy Birthday Rupa! Such a brilliant event! xx "
  • Maeve
    £50
    " Happy birthday Rupa and what a lovely way to celebrate! Hope you all have a fab time dancing! xx "
  • Shilpy Patel
    £51
    " Mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style' Happy special birthday to a very special lady! So very proud xx "
  • Griffiths
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    " Looking forward to seeing you on the 12th Rupa. Lots of love from Rob Kelly and Toby, "
  • Beth Fryer
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    " Best of luck Rupa, fantastic effort and organisation! I'm sorry I can't be there to support (dance) in person. "
  • Paul Williams
    £200
    " what a great way to celebrate your birthday "
  • Sara Shahidi
    £40
    " Happy Birthday dearest Rupa. What an amazing event you are organising for such an amazing cause. Sorry we can't make it. Wishing you a dancetastic Birthday! Have an amazing day! Sara & Soul xx "
  • Neelam
    £101
    " A great cause Rupa. Looking forward to it. "
  • Anjali Kotak
    £51
    " Happy birthday Rupa! I am proud to be part of such a great cause- education is close to my heart! "
  • Peter Taylor
    £50
    " Rupa, best of luck for this fantastic cause! "
  • James Worthington
    £25
    " Well done Rupa, this sounds like a great event! "
  • Fiona Thompson
    £25
    " Happy birthday Rupa and what a fabulous way to mark the occasion. Have a blast and sorry I cant make it on the day, Fiona T x "
  • Mishal Bhamra
    £51
    " Rupa - what an amazing cause, you are truly inspirational, can't wait for the day xx "
  • Sonal Davda
    £35
    " Happy birthday Rupa! Your event is characteristic of the caring and energetic person we've come to know. Proud to be part of your special day and of D4NCE 0N! Xx "
  • Jaymini Katira
    £35
    " What you do is amazing and I can’t wait to boogie with you!! Lots of love, Jay xx "
  • Anonymous
    £100
    " Inspirational act of kindness Rupa together we can all achieve a better world. wisdom leads to unity and education is the path x "
  • Lila Lakha
    £101
    " Hello Rupa, bless you. The thing you are doing is very good. Maa gives you strength to give light to people's lives. Love you, mum. "
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    " Good luck, what a wonderful thing to do! "
  • Reena Patel
    £101
    " Looking forward to it Rups! "
  • Alice Terrey
    £70
    " Such a lovely thing you're doing Rupa for an amazing charity! I can't wait to get my dancing shoes onxx "
  • Nimisha Patel
    £51
    " Rupa you are truly inspiring. Such an amazing cause; and thank you for reminding us that we are truly blessed to be educated in the way that we have. Happy birthday gorgeous girl xx "
  • Anita Naran
    £35
    " Such a wonderful idea for your Birthday Rupa! Can't wait for the day:) "
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    £35
    " Really looking forward to it Rupa, what a fab way to celebrate your 40th! "
  • Kajal Gohil
    £35
    " Happy birthday Rupa! A great cause xx "
  • Jyotika Pattni
    £35
    " so looking forward to this great adventure .. all for a good cause. as well the excitement of being there Rupa for this grand birthday . xx see you soon "
  • Hina Pattni
    £51
    " Education is a gift that no-one can take away from anyone ... these children will receive a gift that no-one can touch or steal. You don't just have compassion Rupa you act on it ! "
  • Anonymous
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    " Happy Birthday Dearest Rupa. Everyone deserves the chance to be educated. What a wonderful way to mark your birthday Xx "
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    £250
  • Vimal
    £101
    " Amazing cause, it's going to be a grand celebration. Let's do this! "
  • Anonymous
    £150
    " Love the energy you bring to everything Rupa Can't wait to celebrate with you! xx "
  • Sejal Pattni
    £35
    " Fantastic cause and great way to celebrate your birthday. "
  • Priya
    £70
    " Great idea! I hope you make your target Rupa. Priya Bhagani "
  • Nisha
    £101
    " Happy birthday! What a wonderful idea. We will be there to boogie! I may boogie from my seat but let's see how we go! Xxxx "
  • Anita Gill
    £40
    " Go Girl! From Anita Gill "
  • Sade
    £500
    " I believe wholeheartedly in the lifeline that education can bring to a child and I have no doubt that if you can exceed your target then others may be blessed as well. God bless you. Sade "
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    £101
    " Happy Birthday That's very nice of you to do it for other people. Love Noori "
  • Ruhi Ezzat
    £101
    " happy birthday bottom "
  • Trupti Michael
    £100
    " Well done Rupa - Amazing cause - looking forward to dancing along with you. xx "
  • Carolyn
    £35
    " Yay dance! Wonderful cause! And what a lovely sweaty time it will be. "
  • Vivienne Ezzat
    £200
    " Dance on and rock on Rupa - cannot wait!!!! Lots of love, Vivienne XXXX "