Charity events and community projects have always been a massive part of CMD, and is one aspect of the club that we actively encourage all of our members to get involved in.
Every year, with this being no exception, we hold our annual two events: 'Pink Week' and
'CMD presents: Let's Dance for Sport Relief'. Aside from these, we will be holding smaller events for our running charity, Dance Voice, and continuing our volunteering efforts with a local youth group in collaboration with Warwick Volunteers.
For four consecutive years, CMD have been lucky enough to win the RAG award for our contribution to charity. Last year, we raised almost £5000 for charity and we hope to continue building on this incredible total and increase our outreach as the year progresses.
Getting involved in any (or hopefully all) of our charity and community projects is not only great fun, but also very rewarding. If you have any questions about how to get involved, any of our causes that we support or what we do as part of our charity efforts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our amazing Vice President, Hollie.
‘CMD presents: Let’s Dance for Sport Relief’ is CMD’s first major charity event of the year and is certainly not a night to be missed! Each year, CMD hosts a fun-filled dance competition in the Copper Rooms that sees many of Warwick’s sports teams show off some of their best moves.
Year after year, the event sees laughter, brilliant dance routines and possibly a little bit too much flesh from some of the male sports teams, as every team battles it out to be crowned champions and win the highly coveted crown.
The competition is judged by three of our Sabbatical Officers, but there are plenty of opportunities for the audience members to get behind the teams!
On the night, we also hold a raffle with some fantastic prizes up for grabs, which helps us to raise even more money for such a worthy cause. This year, we hope to continue the tradition of having a guest speaker who has succeeded in their own sport, possibly even an Olympian!
Last year we raised over £2500 in just one night! Watch out for all of the information about Sport Relief coming your way in Term 1, including some brilliant photos of some of the sports teams dancing their hearts out!
Pink Week is CMD’s well-known week of fundraising for a breast cancer charity. Across campus, a sea of pink is created as we try to raise as much money as possible for an incredible cause. Last year, we raised over £2000, and we hope to build on our fundraising success and raise as much as possible for our chosen charity.
Just like we have done in the past couple of years, we are going to have a dedicated Pink Week Committee - a group of individuals who will help run, organise and coordinate the week, as well as running the stall and coming up with innovative ways to help us raise as much money as possible.
Throughout the week, there are several things that club members can do to get involved. On our mobile stall, we sell cakes and Pink Week t-shirts (an essential for our charity circle!), as well as having plenty of fun games for you to play, such as ‘guess how many sweets are in the jar’. On top of this, some members can choose to be sponsored for their own Pink Week challenges, like wearing nothing but pink for the entire week; one member even had his legs waxed both on the Piazza and during circle!
Throughout the week, there are plenty of opportunities to head out into the local community to help fundraise with our bucket collections, which have taken us to nearby Leamington Spa, Coventry and Stratford in previous years.
At the end of this incredible week, the entire club (plus friends) come together to celebrate all of our efforts for a ball - an undoubted highlight of the CMD social calendar - which includes a sit-down meal, a guest speaker and, of course, lots of dancing!
Pink Week is jam-packed with fundraising and is renowned across campus. Don’t hesitate to get involved and help us make this year our most successful one yet!
This year, we are continuing our work with a 'running charity'. This means that we will be holding small, regular events throughout the year, like the collaborative workshops we held with other on-campus sports clubs last year.
The charity we have chosen to support this year is Dance Syndrome. Dance Syndrome is a UK-based charity that offers dance classes to those with learning difficulties. Based on the idea that dancing can affect one's thoughts and feelings, Dance Syndrome provides dance-based psychotherapy to those who may find it difficult to communicate. Dance Syndrome activities give people confidence, respect, value and self-belief through their philosophy of ‘anything is possible even though you have a learning disability’.
Dance is at the very heart of our club and so it only seems right to raise money for a dance-based charity! If you would like to know more about the cause, here is the link to their website: https://dancesyndrome.co.uk/about-us/
Continuing for 2019/20 is CMD’s Dance Fever project, which allows members to volunteer with dance workshops for a youth group in Canley. Focusing on a different style of dance with each workshop, we play some dance-based games before teaching the children a fun, short routine.
The project, which works in collaboration with Warwick Volunteers, is designed to run once or twice a term, and will therefore not take up too much of your time! Volunteering is an amazing opportunity, especially if you are thinking of a career in education. No prior teaching experience is needed and dancers of all levels are welcome.
Teaching dance to young children with CMD is not only incredibly fun, but it can also be rewarding, as the volunteering hours (depending on how many you commit to) can also count on your HEAR record.
If you think that you may be interested in getting involved, make sure that you take a look at Warwick Volunteers’ advice online regarding the necessary documentation required for DBS checks so that you can bring them to university with you.
CMD will also be working with Leamington Spa’s Homeless Shelter this year. Homelessness is a national issue and we want to help in any way we can! Across the year, CMD will donate clothes and food to the shelter to help out our local community.