Seven-year-old Saddleworth dancer Faye Lemar has been given the chance of a lifetime, but she needs the help of the Mid North community to make it a reality.
Faye has been invited to be part of an international team of 20 girls that will perform on Royal Caribbean International owned cruise ship the MS Explorer of the Seas for 11 days on its voyage of the South Pacific next year.
This year has been the first year that Faye has competed in national dance competitions and has taken home 10 first place titles and a couple of second and third place trophies to boot.
Having already made a splash in the dance world, Faye’s dance school Dance Crew SA began looking into more avenues for her to showcase her talents, and stumbled upon this opportunity.
Faye’s mum, Tris, has now begun the task of raising funds to allow her girl to chase her dreams.
“We have been doing a cross lotto syndicate and that was a really good one,” she said.
“We have got family members doing online parties, like nutrimetics and things like that are all happening at the moment.
“And we have booked some barbecues at JB Hi-Fi Munno Para so we are going to be doing some sausage sizzles so we have had a few things donated but not enough to get going just yet, but we are getting there slowly.”
A performance day has also been given some thought, with a number of Saddleworth locals stating to Tris that they would like to see Faye perform at some point.
Tris and Faye have partnered with one of her friends that was also invited to be a part of the team in order to raise funds for the trip. Together they are aiming to generate $4000 in total, which will be plenty to get both of the girls on the cruise ship.
On top of that, there is also costuming, shoes, registration and uniform fees that will need to be covered.
Faye has been dancing since she was four years old and does routines in tap, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet styles. She hopes to make a career out of dancing and one day become a dance teacher.
Currently Faye travels around 450 kilometres each week, taking part in training sessions three times a week all over Adelaide, stretching from Evanston in the north to Marion down south.
The trip will be taking place in November next year with the cut off date for fundraising in June, which leaves the family plenty of time to raise all the funds necessary to ensure the trip goes ahead.
In total there will be five members of the Lemar family going over to the South Pacific which will be the first time they been on a plane, let alone on a cruise ship.
Both Tris and Faye said they were excited about the opportunity.
For donations or any fundraising ideas to help Faye reach her target, Tris can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on her mobile at 0400 935 034.