Later this month, hundreds of students will spend their Saturday dancing for a cause. This year, Carolina For The Kids is celebrating its 25th annual Dance Marathon.
CFTK Executive Director and UNC senior Larcie Britt said the organization is largest student-led nonprofit in North Carolina, whose purpose is to help with childrens’ medical bills. It help with multiple fees, including meal distributions and pediatric playroom staffing as well as helping families pay for medical equipment, gas and electricity bills.
“Our main mission for Carolina For The Kids is to provide what medical insurance doesn't cover, along with emotional support,” Britt said.
This year's marathon is Hollywood themed and will feature performances from the Carolina Girls dance team, Carolina Irish Dance Association, False Profits comedy group and others.
The dance marathon will take place on March 25 from noon until midnight, starting in Fetzer Hall and ending at Hooker Fields. The goal of the Marathon is to create an interactive way to raise money.
“It's basically our biggest fundraising push each year. It’s our last push of the financial year for CFTK before we make our donation to UNC Health,” Britt said.
While the event features performances and other activities, the main challenge is to remain standing for 12 straight hours.
“It's no sitting, no standing, to mimic the life of the nurses and the hardship that the patients and their families go through when they're in the hospital,” Britt said.
The marathon is open to all students who earn their spot by fundraising at least $75. Three meals will be provided for dancers donated by local businesses.