Long-time Ballarat resident Mark Nunn is showing the importance of making time to give back to community, no matter how busy your lifestyle.
The co-director of Buxton Ballarat and father of three is one of ten local identities participating in the Ballarat Foundation's fundraising event Dancing With Our Stars.
Despite being dobbed in by mates, Mr Nunn said he was quick to say 'yes' to get behind a community cause and have a bit of fun along the way.
"The Ballarat Foundation do many charitable things I am impressed by, so when they asked me to help in a small way it was hard to say no," he said.
"I love this town. I am born and bred here and I am raising my kids here. If I can put in my time and effort to do my little piece every now and then, why not?."
Mr Nunn has been learning and rehearsing his solo and group dance with partner Vanessa Stephenson for seven weeks, while juggling three young kids and his busy working life.
He was called away from the Dancing With Our Stars launch in March for the birth of his third child.
Mr Nunn's family and extended family will be at Civic Hall to watch him perform at the Dancing With Our Stars gala night on June 22.
Meet some of Ballarat's other dancing stars in the video below.
He is aiming to raise another $3000 before the date to reach his $10,000 fundraising goal, selling raffle tickets for prizes and calling on the generosity of his family and friends.
"It has surprised me how well the town has got behind this event," Mr Nunn said.
"It has been a topic of conversation for a lot of people I have run into. It is a great fundraising idea and is bringing people together."
Community members can show their support for Mr Nunn or their favourite dancing 'star' by voting online.
A $1 donation is one vote and equals one entry to win a diamond ring valued at $22,400.
Visit ballaratfoundation.org/dwos/ for more information and to vote.
The purpose behind the glitz and glam
The Ballarat Foundation is aiming to raise $100,000 through its biggest community fundraising effort yet - Dancing With Our Stars.
The philanthropic organisation's purpose is to unite community to break cycles of disadvantage.
"Regardless of circumstance or background no one person should be devoid of opportunity," the foundation's purpose statement reads.
"The causes of entrenched disadvantage are complex and no single organisation can solve these issues alone. We need to work together to achieve change."
The Ballarat Foundation's four key focus areas are school readiness, youth success, housing security and food security.
In December the organisation estimated it delivered around $700,000 worth of community value throughout 2018.
Last year the foundation raised more than $65,000 to address food insecurity, with an additional $5 million state government investment for Foodbank hub in Ballarat announced in the lead up to the November election.
Four new events contributed to the momentum behind action on food insecurity; the Chairman's Lunch, Art for a Cause, Food for Thought and Run for a Cause as well as the launch of the Feed Ballarat campaign - and now in 2019 Dancing With Our Stars.
The foundation gifted $96,000 in grants to more than 20 community organisations, donated 6000 books through the Ballarat Reads program and distributed $10,000 in vouchers to assist vulnerable families with back to school vouchers last year.
More than 90 young learner drivers were given the opportunity to gain more than 3500 hours towards their license through the foundation's L2P program and 36 young drivers graduated from the program.
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