Friday, October 5, 2012

Dancing, fundraising Brit struck by car

Friday, 05 October 2012 15:10 Mizzima News

(Feature) – A Brit who is dancing across Britain to raise funds for Burmese refugees and other groups was struck by a car on Wednesday. He was admitted to a hospital with cuts and bruises, but he is expecting a quick discharge to continue on with his dancing.

Mizzima met Ben Hammond before he danced off to Mae Sot to forge links between schools on the border and schools in the UK in 2011. Photo: LearnBurma

Ben Hammond, 34, a teacher, was hit by a car driven by a drunken driver near Wells.

Hammond was near the end of his dancing, fundraising challenge.

Wearing a neon yellow tutu, he began on Aug. 13, and plans to finish in the next two weeks, said the BBC.

After a visit to a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border, he set up LearnBurma in 2011, a registered charity which works to educate young people in the UK about the Asian country.

The dance challenge is also raising money for Amnesty International, Burma Campaign UK, Partners Relief and Development and Prospects Burma.

On Oct. 18, Mizzima reported that Hammond had broken the Guinness world record for dancing continuously. Hammond broke the world record by dancing for 136 hours, or five consecutive days, beside the Tower Bridge in London. He was able to rest for 20 minutes every four hours, giving him enough time to change his dancing attire.

He was joined by various dance groups and solo performers who came to show their support for his campaign throughout the five days.

After breaking the world record, Hammond told London24, “I am a bit knackered, but it’s all been worth it. The crowds and my wonderful team helped me through it. I’ve been told that people were watching our live Internet stream all over the world, including in a Burmese refugee camp, which makes it all the more worthwhile.”

LearnBurma is a project he developed that aims to educate people about the situation in Burma, and to link schools in the UK and Burma.

“My dancing has shown the world that together we can be Free to Dance!” Hammond said.

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