Doin' The Do Si Do

June 22nd, 2017
Doin' The Do Si Do
The Hills community will be looking to pull on their dancing boots for an upcoming Barn Dance in support of Aussie farmers on Saturday, July 1.

The dance is hosted by the Adelaide Hills Women’s Network, a social networking group for women in the Hills.

The group meets about every six weeks at Hills locations, and run a number of networking events and a major fundraiser each year.

Funds raised from the dance will go to Buy a Bale and Aussie Helpers, twoindependent charities assisting Australian farmers.
Committee member Kerry Tudor has played a key role in organising the event. She said it’s about supporting the people behind the food that we sometimes take for granted on our plates.

“There are a lot farming communities still in this area and they do face struggles,” Kerry said. “Whatever we can do to make things a little bit easier for farmers is a good thing.”

Buy a Bale assist farmers experiencing drought by providing hay bales and essential items for farmers who have run out of feed for their cattle.

Meanwhile, Aussie Helpers makes contact with farmers in remote areas to check on their wellbeing during tough times.

The network has a history of supporting worthwhile causes.

Since the original group formed ten years ago, they have held dinners every six weeks with guest speakers to raise money and awareness for local charities.

In January they raised nearly $1,600 for the Indian orphanage where Saroo Brierley – whose story was told in the recent film Lion – lived as a child, while last year they donated funds from a bingo night to support Cows for Cambodia.

“That night was a hoot,” Kerry said.

“We believe in having fun while making a difference and supporting each other – another aspect of the group is helping women who run their own businesses to promote themselves and giving them a hand where we can.

“It’s a very positive, encouraging group of women. If someone’s just moved to the area, wants to try something new or is just looking for other like minded ladies to be around, there’s a place for them.”

The Barn Dance is expected to attract up to 70 people from around the Hills.

Those attending will experience traditional barn dances called by Les Tulloch, a professional caller and founder of the Sunset Twirlers Dance Club.

The caller prompts the moves in dances such as square, line or bush dancing.

Les began dancing in 1983, was calling dances by 1986, and now has a significant involvement with the South Australian Callers Association and the Australian Callers Federation.

“What I normally do at these sort of events is teach people right from the start how to do the dance,” Les said.

“The good thing about dancing is it doesn’t matter what your age or ability – the caller is flexible enough to cater for everybody.

“Most people can learn how to square dance, it depends on how serious you are, but my aim is to entertain people for one night.

People always enjoy the heel and toe and square dancing, but I haven’t really got a favourite.”

Janette Size, Chairperson of the Adelaide Hills Women’s Network said that having Les as the dance caller will be a real thrill for people who come along.

“Les is a professional caller, and having his presence at the Barn Dance will lift the event,” Janette said.

“And he is donating his time on the evening, which means that more funds can go to the farmers finding it tough at the moment.

“But this event is not just about the farmers, but also their families, and making sure that they are supported in difficult times.”

Janette said that this family friendly event is open to people of all ages and barn-dancing abilities.

“Anyone is welcome, we’re encouraging people to get a group of friends together, or their family, to be a part of raising funds for our farmers.

“And it won’t just be dancing, we’ll also have a wine wall and silent auction on the night.”

The Barn Dance will be held at the Littlehampton Peace Memorial Hall from 7pm on Saturday, July 1.

Booking is essential for this event via the Adelaide Hills Women’s Network website http://www.ahwn.asn.au

For more details about the Barn Dance or the Adelaide Hills Women’s Network contact Janette Size on 0459 602 222 or visit the group’s Facebook page.

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