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Join in Dirty Dancing Day!

Posted by: Fundraising 31 August 2013

Supporter Nicola Clarke is organising a Global Movie Night to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK with the iconic film Dirty Dancing! Want to know how you and your friends can get involved? We caught up with Nicola to find out...

"I'm organising the World's first Global Movie Night on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14th2013 with the iconic film DIRTY DANCING, starting at 8pm GMT!

We chose the date because it's the anniversary of Patrick Swayze's death from pancreatic cancer, and the film is so well-loved we knew people all around the world would be eager to press play and start watching at the same time. In doing so, I hope that they will also pledge a mere £3 to Pancreatic Cancer UK to raise awareness of the disease that killed Patrick in just 20 months from his diagnosis.

I'll never get around to walking The Great Wall of China or hiking to Machu Picchu for charity, and as I'm regularly distracted by custard creams, I'll certainly never be running a marathon either, but, I do believe in charity and I do believe in doing what I can when I can, and as such, THIS is my charity fundraising idea.

Pancreatic cancer is fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK, and the 5-year survival rate is less than 4%, which means if 100 people in a room were diagnosed with the disease only 4 would be alive in 5 years time. This survival rate hasn't improved in over 40 years. But by joining in the Global Movie Night, people can really help in a small but important way.

All I'm asking for is a minimum donation of £3, the cost of renting this film from Blockbuster, or buying a copy from HMV, a small, one-time payment that you can make from your living room or on your mobile phone when you're waiting in line for the bus.

It couldn't be easier to get involved: just join the Facebook page or follow me on Twitterand donate through the Just Giving page.

Then simply plan how you're going to spend the evening of September 14th.
Will you 'rent' the movie from yourself and watch it alone? Will you do as Jeni Tong and the ladies of Bottersham, Cambridge are doing and spend the night singing along to the soundtrack while drinking watermelon-based cocktails? Or will you be close enough to join Candice Howells and the ladies of Fish Hoek in Cape Town who plan to dress their babies in 'Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner' onesies while Mum's also dress up in (slightly different...!) 'Baby' outfits inspired by the film?

Wherever you are, whoever you watch this fantastic film with, remember that you are part of something, the first Global Movie Night the world has ever participated in, but please, and this is the important bit, PLEASE remember that we are doing this to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer, and pledge just £3 to Pancreatic Cancer UK to help others have the time of their lives, just a little longer."