Zahra Cawley, the local dance prodigy making waves across the nation, and her family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from the Broken Hill community.
Last Friday Zahra and her family received a whopping $1000 donation from the Demo Club, to put toward the costs of her travel as she gains more acclaim as one of Australia’s up and coming dancers.
President of the Demo Club, Shane Chapman, said the club was more than happy to make the donation to help one of the Silver City’s premier athletes.
“It’s one of the great things about being a part of a community club like the Democratic Club, where we have money to give to the community and help sporting clubs and individuals,” Mr Chapman told the Truth.
“I am actually speechless,” Zahra said about the generous donations from not just the Demo Club, but the generosity of some of the local business, community organisations and local people that have donated money for her to pursue her dreams.
Zahra’s Mum, Kimberlee Cawley, added, “we would love to thank The Demo Club, Y’s Men’s Club of Broken Hill, Rotary, Morgan Street P&C, Jenny Martin, the Gibson family, as well as friends and family that have brought a lucky number from us.
“We especially want to thank Leanne Cawley, Tracey Henderson and the Gibson family who all won money from our lucky squares fundraiser and donated it straight back to Zahra,” Ms Cawley told us.
So moved by the help she has received from the community, Zahra is keen to get her story out there to let other people know that even if you are from a remote community, your dreams are still achievable.
“Distance is no barrier. If you are passionate about something, do it. Reach for those stars,” she tells us.
In the coming weeks Zahra will be doing presentations to the Y’s Men’s Club and Rotary about her journey so far.
If you are interested in helping Zahra pursue her dreams on the stage, email her mum at [email protected]