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Salsa Marathon

On Saturday 22nd Nov, from 2pm until midnight, a group of Salsa dancers from the University of Oxford danced a marathon, non-stop for 10 hours. OUSS and OUDC teamed up to raise money for cancer research. Watch the video below, showcasing the salsa marathon, or watch the promotional video. So far we have fundraised an fantastic amount of £5,390.00 for Cancer Research UK.

The following people won prices after donating £20 or more. We welcome further donations at JustGiving to support cancer research. There are no more prices to be given away.

  • Yenha Dang won 2 tickets to the Pantomime: Beauty and the Beast performance – Oxford Playhouse (A playhouse for everyone)
  • Andrej Stepanchu won a £25 gift voucher – University of Oxford Shop (The official shop for Oxford University)
  • Jodi Gardner won a Barefoot Pink Moscato rose – The Old Bookbinders (Oxford’s “Best kept Secret” since 1869)
  • Kitty Wheater won a £50 gift voucher – Olivia May (Designers with a difference)
  • Claudia Lindemann won the Book: The truth is a cave in the black mountains – Blackwell’s Bookshop (Academic, Professional and Specialist Bookseller since 1879)
  • Gunveer Plahe won a Fudge box – Fudge Kitchen (Devilishly different)
  • Naeem Alam won a £30 gift voucher – Gourmet Burger Kitchen (Has changed the UK burger scene forever)
  • Charbel Kanaan won two tickets to the annual Oxford Salsa Ball – Oxford University Salsa Society (Promoting the culture of Salsa in Oxford)
  • Maryan Shahbazian won 2 cinema tickets – Phoenix Picturehouse (Art house cinema)
  • Marta Krzeminska won a dinner voucher (1 meal platter) – Nando’s (Home of the legendary, Portuguese flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken)
  • Fenix Leung won a Pinot Grigio Rosato rose – Majestic Wine Warehouse (Specialised in selling brilliant wine by the case)
  • Amy Dutch won a £25 dinner voucher – Portabello Restaurant (A chic, cosmopolitan British restaurant bar and grill)
  • Clare Batterton won a dinner voucher (Sunday brunch for 4 people) – Malmaison (Enjoy meals passionately prepared in a unique space – once the heart of the prison, and now a place that everyone fights to get into)
  • Harriet Czernobay  won Two £5 gift vouchers – George & Davis Ice Cream Cafe (Oxford’s own ice cream café’s)
  • Anjan Nibber won a voucher for afternoon tea for two – Maison Blanc (Tradition et Qualité)
  • Samantha Perera won a £30 dinner voucher – Yeti Nepalese Restaurant (Fine Nepalese dining)
  • Jennifer and Richard Bassett won two tickets to the annual OUDC Ball – Oxford University Dancesport Club (Promoting ballroom and latin american dancing)
  • Samantha Binding won 4 adult tour tickets – Oxford Castle Unlocked (Bringing Oxford’s hidden history to life)
  • Jerome Simons won a t-shirt – Jaeger Oxford (A 130-year heritage as a proudly British fashion brand)
  • Lai Mun Wang won 2 cinema tickets – Ultimate Picture Palace (Oxford’s oldest and only independent cinema)
  • Angela Georgieva won a voucher for a bottle of wine and a cheese board – Wine and bistro 1855 (Serving eclectic and exceptional wines)
  • Lucy Barber won a dinner voucher (Lunch special for 4) – Spice Lounge (Contemporary Indian cuisine)
  • Segye Shin won a £30 dinner voucher – Jee Saheb Restaurant (Cuisine from the Asian sub-continent, classic and creative dishes from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan)
  • Suzanne Hamilton won a Leather bag – The Powder Room (Quirky clothes from Paris and a lot of ebullience)
  • Jessica Booth won a £20 gift card – Tesco (Every little helps)
  • Jane Fisher won a £50 service voucher – The Cycle Centre (Oxford’s finest bike shop)
  • Lisa Cooper won a £40 dinner voucher – The Big Society (Oxford’s freshest hangout)

Many thanks to all the amazing dancers, team coach Bea Prentiss, DJ and personal trainer Wyn Morris, DJ Sergio Fernandez, the film crew Xinyang Hong, Oliver Richards and Andy Tran, other volunteers, and companies who supported the event with prices. In addition, I would like to thank Supadance for providing dance shoes for the marathon with a 35% discount, Gatineau patisserie for providing patisserie, Java&Co for providing coffee and tea, The Natural Bread Company for providing cakes, medical doctor and first aider Stella Botchway, medical doctor Samantha Perera, physiotherapist Mark Kelly, and massage therapist Giulia Ceccatelli.

Dancers: Bea Prentiss, Divija Jatavallabhula, Daniel Claff, Henry Fisher, Sam Hutton, Ariel Gomez, Oliver Sheridan-Methven, Christoph Weis, Faris Abou-Saleh, Yayoi Teramoto, Adrijana Milat, Victoria Pope, Natasha Davie, Ines Gassal, Hanna Tarhonskaya, and Ginahi Cedre.

Volunteers: Jim Parfett, Ginny Burch, Barbara Kitchener, Maira Chowdhury, Kamila Hussien, Reem Hafez, Bronwyn Tarr, Jess Booth, Suzannah Marshall, Clare Batterton, Alyssa Stansbury, Sevanna Shahbazian, Sukh Sanghera, Mark Finean, Maria Ángeles Díaz Tena, Seamus Kent, Jacquii John, and Paul John.

I am very grateful for all the help.

Jilles Fermont