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Stettler Belly dancers raise money for local charity

A group of Stettler and District residents descended on Main Street on Saturday, May 11 for a good cause.

A group of Stettler and District residents descended on Main Street on Saturday, May 11 for a good cause. 

The event took place on World Belly Dance Day as part of a worldwide effort to raise awareness about domestic abuse. 

Stettler’s event, which started at the business park across from the Stettler Hotel and continued to the Agriplex, was organized to raise funds for The Stettler Society for the Prevention of Family Violence. 

Team lead Tina Wilson says that there were 13 participants in the group this year, with ages ranging from 5-75. 

The group made their way down Main Street with a second performance in front of Wells Furniture. 

Wilson was able to speak with a group of people who were curious about the event.

Afterwards, the group continued down to Brennen Plaza, where they performed in front of the Stettler Independent Office. 

Its final performance was inside the Agriplex during the vendors market which was taking place.

The Society provides assessment and treatment for those who have been mandated through the courts or probation system as well as Child and Family Services.  It also provides support for women who have been involved in domestic abuse.

Wilson says that this is the 12th year for the event.  She explains that participants register through shimmymob.com

Preparations began in January, with the choreography used by the group supplied by the website.  According to the official list of registered events, only two took place in Alberta with the second one being in Diamond Valley.

Wilson says she hopes that more people take part in it next year.