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GOAL matches Garda dance skills in Jerusalema Dance Challenge!


February 3, 2021 • 2 min read

GOAL teams in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Honduras join dance craze sweeping the world

GOAL has matched the Garda dance skills by issuing Jerusalema Dance Challenge videos from three of its countries around the world.

GOAL said today its teams in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Honduras did the dance challenge to bring a message of joy and hope during these challenging times.

The GOAL teams on two continents team produced their video from different locations. Covid-19 restrictions mean that many of the teams have not been able to gather together as normal.

GOAL Zimbabwe Country Director, Gabriella Prandini, described the dance challenge as “a fun way of bringing the GOAL teams together whilst Covid keeps them apart” and was also a mark of “solidarity for the vulnerable communities we support in 14 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.”

“GOAL’s staff in Zimbabwe have been working day in, day out often having to leave their families behind to operate in the field. This was the perfect opportunity to bring a little hope and joy back into our lives”.

Gabriella added: “By getting our team to do something fun it reminded us all that we have got through this most challenging time. It allowed us to be find joy and be carefree, even just for a few minutes.”

GOAL is now challenging individuals, businesses, dance groups and anybody with rhythm to take part in the #GOALJerusalemaDanceChallenge. People are encouraged to upload their own videos and donate to GOAL’s efforts to help the world’s most vulnerable communities. #DanceShareDonate

The #JerusalemaChallenge started in early 2020 in Angola when four men and two women showed off their moves during lockdown with a song by South African DJ and record producer Master KG and vocalist Nomcebo. It has since gone viral and reached number one in several European countries.

Others who have filmed themselves include nuns, police officers and construction workers. The song has been streamed over 70 million times on Spotify.

An Garda Siochana are the latest to take on the dance after being challenged by the Swiss police.

As Ireland is in Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions and people are confined to their homes, dancing is a great way to keep fit and have some fun with family, friends and colleagues.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, GOAL has directly reached over 17 million people in 14 countries with Covid-19 related messaging and support. Local radio broadcasts and mobile vans are some of the techniques used to inform the public of how to stay safe during this crisis.