Young wheelchair dancer excels, off to Holland to compete

12-yer-old Cassidy from Primrose Park has been invited to take part in the Wheelchair Dancing World Cup taking place in Holland in April 2018.

But having a passion won’t be enough to get her to the Holland Dans Spektakel as it will require her to come up with the funds to get there.

Cassidy has spina bifida, a birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord.

Cassidy has had 63 operations in her short lifetime, including 8 brain operations in a single month to save her life Cassidy first saw wheelchair dancing on TV and expressed her desire to try it.

The Chaeli Sport and Recreational Club have classes, and so every Sunday she gets up at 6am to go to church and then on to dance class.

She has won a staggering 56 local trophies in the 3 years that she has been dancing, through the Federation for Dance in South Africa.

The Baileys are needing to raise R80 000 to fund competition registration, flights, and shuttles for mother and daughter, visas, accommodation and a tracksuit.

Please email Pippa Hudson on PippaH@primedia.co.za if you are able to help Cassidy make her dream come true.

Take a listen to Cassidy and her mom Esmerelda Bailey telling their inspirational story below:

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
State resources might have been used to spy on journos

State resources might have been used to spy on journos

EWN's Barry Bateman says the documents released on pro-Gupta websites are professional surveillance identical to that of state

Caller raises concerns about the SA Nursing Council

Caller raises concerns about the SA Nursing Council

The SA Nursing Council seems to be having operational issues that leave many within the profession unhappy.

New test could help detect early signs of prostate cancer

New test could help detect early signs of prostate cancer

Dr Yong-Jie Lu, lead researcher, explains how this test works saying it will help save thousands of lives.

SA Tourism urges South Africans to travel to Knysna and help rebuild the town

SA Tourism urges South Africans to travel to Knysna and help rebuild the town

CEO of SA Tourism, Sisa Ntshona says Knysna needs to trade again in order to recover from the losses incurred due to wild fires.

No reason to panic over cards expiry date - Sassa

No reason to panic over cards expiry date - Sassa

Sassa's spokesperson Kgomoko Diseko says they have started on a process of ensuring that people get new cards.

Students not coping with current curriculum, innovation is needed

Students not coping with current curriculum, innovation is needed

Curriculum expert, Bronwen Willson-Thompson, says the majority of students are not coping with the existing curriculum.

Popular articles
Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department will respond to all Zimbabweans under special dispensation.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Meet self-made millionaire (net worth – R400m!) property mogul Sisa Ngebulana

Meet self-made millionaire (net worth – R400m!) property mogul Sisa Ngebulana

How did Ngebulana build his empire? The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed him for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

5 advantages of leasing instead of owning a car (lower monthly payments!)

5 advantages of leasing instead of owning a car (lower monthly payments!)

Want (or need) a new car? Dale Scorer (a wealth manager at AlphaWealth) reckons you should consider leasing.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?