Sunderland belly dancer raises funds for Typhoon Haiyan-hit Philippines

Belly dancing teacher Sara Smith with some of her students.
Belly dancing teacher Sara Smith with some of her students.
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A BELLY dance teacher is making moves to raise cash for the typhoon-hit Philippines.

Sara Smith has organised a night at the Chesters pub in Chester Road, Sunderland, at the end of the month, with a group of women from her dance class.

Sara’s boyfriend – former SAFC star and Wales international John Cornforth – who coached football in the Philippines for two years is helping her with the event.

More than 13million people are known to be affected, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said.

Four million people have been forced to leave their homes since Typhoon Haiyan struck almost two weeks ago, while the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000.

Sara, 39, from Roker, who runs Belly Dance Moves, said: “We’re just looking for people to buy the tickets for £5 and have an evening of fun and entertainment like a variety show.

“We’re doing belly dancing, and we’re also doing Bollywood dancing with all traditional costumes which are very colourful.

“There’s also Hawaiian dancing and 1940s singing and dancing.

“If anyone else would like to take part, we’d love to hear from them.

“We’re looking for people with singing and dancing acts to perform on the night.

“People also need to book tickets in advance.”

The Chesters, where Sara’s dance classes take place on a Wednesday, have offered their services for free. The event is set to take place on Saturday, November 30.

The show will starts at 7pm. Anyone interested can buy a ticket from the Chesters or by contacting Sara on Facebook by looking for Bellydance Moves Sunderland.

The DEC said its aid agencies had reached 590,000 survivors across the country as they provide much-needed clean water, food, medical care and materials for temporary shelter.

The Philippines Typhoon Appeal has raised £44million in donations in little more than a week.