With Melbourne continuing to be under lockdown due to COVID-19, Melbourne based creative director (and raver from back in the day) Alex Wadelton has launched a youth homelessness charity campaign based around iconic dance move, The Melbourne Shuffle.
On Saturday September 12 from 2pm, Wadelton is dancing the Melbourne Shuffle for 42.195kms to make people smile and to raise money for the 44,000 young Aussies who aren’t lucky enough to even have a home to be locked-down in. It should take around 8 hours to dance the full marathon.
When people donate they can then join in the live stream and dance along with Alex to the tunes from DJ Sam Hopgood as the distance danced is measured via pedometer.
All funds raised will go to Lighthouse Foundation, a Melbourne-based charity whose mission is to end youth homelessness.
The Melbourne Shuffle originated in the underground Melbourne rave scene of the last 80s and 90s at events such as Every Picture Tells A Story, Earthcore, and Teriyaki Anarki Saki, at venues such as Altona Sports Centre, Shed 14, and Global Village.
Here’s how it works:
1. Go to https://www.melbourneshufflemarathon.com/
2. Donate at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/the-melbourne-shuffle-marathon
3. Leave a song request when you do.
4. Spread the word.
5. Join in the live stream between 2pm and 10pm on Saturday September 12.
6. Go off like a frog in a sock.
7. Help end youth homelessness.
To paraphrase that great philosopher, Fatboy Slim… EAT. SLEEP. RAVE. DONATE.
With thanks to:
Sam Hopgood for the tunes.
Ed Bechervaise for the hektik logo.
Ryan Brett, Kate Reynolds, and Hannah Byrnand from Manimal Post for making the video.
Reece Ryan, Kops, Justin Kabbani, and Dan Monheit from Hardhat for the best website since 1993 and the rad advice.
Michael Ciccone from Truce Films for helping with making the stream happen.
Cohen Medson and Richard Kendall from In Your Streams for sorting all the tech for the stream.
Sienna Barton, Lulu Harrison, and Karli Allen from Lighthouse Foundation for being legends.
Sheridan Wadelton for supporting this nutbaggery.
Roarke Wadelton for the tech help.
Lila Wadelton for the hard-core training.