Victorian Women's Football League player Amy McDonald will be ditching her football boots for high heels when she takes the stage at Civic Hall for the Ballarat Foundation's fundraising event Dancing With Our Stars.
She will have the support of Redan Football Club behind her dancing campaign, the club that first introduced her to football seven years ago and provided a pathway to VFLW club Geelong.
The biggest thing that appealed to me about the Ballarat Foundation was supporting disadvantaged communities.Amy McDonald
Ms McDonald visited Redan's club rooms and met with the under-13 and under-15 girls football players on Wednesday to talk football pathways and Dancing With Our Stars.
"It is amazing seeing so many girls playing footy. It is incredible all of the opportunities they have," she said.
"When I started playing seven years ago we were playing as 13-year-olds against 18-year-olds. Now they have got teams for each age group. It is great to see the girls taking on the opportunities that present to them."
Ms McDonald's passion for sport and caring for community in her role as a disability support worker contributed to her decision to participate as one of 10 local identities in the Ballarat Foundation's fundraising event Dancing With Our Stars.
Watch the video with Amy below.
"The biggest thing that appealed to me about the Ballarat Foundation was supporting disadvantaged communities," she said.
"I am beginning to start studying community services to get into child protection. The Ballarat Foundation's goals are in line with what I want to do in the future. It is the perfect fit and something I couldn't say no to."
The Ballarat Foundation announced its new grants program to help young people participate in sport on Thursday, thanks to the support of the late Peter Amor.
Youth success, school readiness housing security and food security are the four key pillars of the foundation.
Ms McDonald has raised more than $8,300 for the Ballarat Foundation through her dancing campaign.
Community members can help reach her $10,000 fundraising goal by voting online. A $1 donation is one vote and equals one entry to win a diamond ring.
Ms McDonald and Ballarat's 10 other dancing 'stars' will perform at the Dancing With Our Stars gala night at Civic Hall on June 22.
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.
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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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