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Nov 17, 2015 6:04 PM ET

Archived: Biripi Dancers and DanceRites: to raise enough money to fund our local Biripi dancers to participate at the DanceRites competition

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2015

Biripi Dancers and DanceRites

The story of the project

TIDE is seeking to raise enough money to fund our local Biripi dancers to participate at the DanceRites competition at the Sydney Opera House, held on the 22nd of November 2015. http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/dance_rites.aspx

Wayne Paulson, aged 32, is a traditional dancer of the Biripi nation and loves to dance. He has danced at the Sydney Olympics 2000 and at numerous welcome and ceremonious events in our area. He leads a team of 12 mostly comprised of high school students who he has mentored since they were children.

The winners of the competition wins $15,000.00 and a chance to promote their culture and represent Biripi across borders and internationally. The experience gained from the competition is also going to fuel their desires in becoming local leaders to pass on their knowledge to the youth of the Manning Valley.

How the funds will be used

Registration$ 150.00 
Dance Comp 22nd November 2015
Hire – PCYC or Purfleet Church Community bus Need a Driver $1000.00
AccomodationDorm style accommodation – Redfern $50 per night includes breakfast
would need to book now $ 1,800.00
MealsNeed to allow for $ 3,000.00IncidentalsNeed to allow for $ 1,000.00

Some of my other work

My name is Sean and I have been working for Taree Indigenous Development and Employment for 16 months. http://tide.org.au/

Under the PaCE program which aimed at increasing Indigenous participation at school I was able to raise enough funds and sent this Biripi dance group to the Aboriginal Laura Dance Festival in June 2015.     

I now, together with the local elders and Aboriginal community wish to raise enough funds to keep this momentum up of dance and send them to Dancerites.  


I spent one week coordinating a trip to outback Queensland which involved a flight and long bus rides. I guess the main problems one comes into are the unseen ones. For example waiting for someone to find a cash machine, people getting sick, late risers, mobile phone distractions and personal issues that comes with people. 

I overcame these unplanned incidences by being supportive of the person no matter what situation and being patient but also assertive to get wherever we needed to be. 

Contact Information:

Sean Ploder

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