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GOAL shows off dance skills in message of hope during COVID-19 from Africa


October 22, 2020 • 2 min read

GOAL’s Zimbabwe team join dance craze sweeping the world

GOAL has joined people across the world in moving to the beat of the Jerusalema Dance Challenge which is bringing a message of joy and hope during these challenging times.

GOAL is 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

GOAL is also challenging it’s teams in other countries to take part and rival their colleagues in Zimbabwe. Irish businesses are encouraged to do the same and see which team members have the best moves.

The #JerusalemaDanceChallenge 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.

As Ireland heads into 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.

The GOAL Zimbabwe team produced this video from six different locations. Covid-19 restrictions mean that the whole team has not been able to gather together as normal. GOAL Zimbabwe Country Director Gabriella Prandini described it as “a fun way of bringing the team together whilst Covid keeps them apart”.

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

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, GOAL has directly reached over 2.4 million people in Zimbabwe with Covid related messaging. Local radio broadcasts and mobile vans are some of the techniques used to inform the public of how to stay safe during this crisis. Thanks to such efforts, Zimbabwe to date has seen just over 8,000 cases of the virus.