A belly dance spectacular in Broadstairs will raise money for polycystic kidney disease charity PKD UK.
The charity provides support and information for those suffering PKD and for their families as well as funding research.
Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is the most commonly inherited kidney disorder. In the UK, it accounts for around 1 in 10 people on dialysis and 1 in 8 with a kidney transplant.
It is caused by mutations in one or more genes meaning they function abnormally and can cause renal (kidney) failure, damage to other organs and sometimes result in premature death in children and adults.
Ramsgate belly dancer Vanessa Cullifford raises money for the charity through the belly dance and halfa shows staged at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs.
This is Vanessa’s fourth year of fundraising for the cause which began because her daughter Keziah, 20, has the condition.
Mum-of-two Vanessa said: “My daughter Keziah has ADPKD. It is a hereditary progressive disease with no cure, causing her to live in constant pain as multiple cysts grow on her kidneys. Those with PKD stand a 50/50 chance of needing a kidney transplant by their mid 40s. PKD UK is a fantastic small charity which offers support and campaigns successfully for improved treatment and understanding of the management of the condition.
“The belly dance theatre variety show is an evening of Oriental and world fusion belly dance, Latin fusion and comedy featuring guest performers from around the world and from Kent, Essex and London.
“This year the theme is Golden Era Silver Screen so expect the unexpected from over 70 exciting and talented solo dancers and dance troupes. Two award winning dancers are flying in from America just for the show.
“The 28 acts taking part are covering eras from Ancient Egypt to 2017 Costa Rica, with a whole host of tongue in cheek humour and burlesque based naughtiness thrown in.”
There will also be a souk, two unique MCs, fabulous music and a whole host of surprises.
See Belly Dance Spectacular on Saturday, November 11 at 7.30pm.
Tickets £10 paid in advance/Friends. £12 on the doors. Unreserved table seating. Corkage rules apply.
Book by calling the box office on 01843 863701 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm)
Or go to www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk