World renowned Samoan choreographer SUGA Parris Goebel is a force in the entertainment business and her success has earned her the title of World Vision New Zealand’s 40 hour famine ambassador this year.
Goebel is currently visiting refugee settlements in Northern Uganda in the lead up to the 40 Hour Famine, which takes place on the weekend of 8-10 June.
Despite having travelled the world doing what she loves the most, it seems Uganda will remain in her heart as one of the most memorable places she has been to.
Parris took to instagram to post her heart felt experiences visiting the children at the settlements this week.
“The best part of my day was meeting these beautiful children,” she posted.
“These children have been through some extremely traumatic experiences…some have seen their parents killed right in front of them and many have walked alone for weeks from South Sudan to Uganda for a better future.”
It wouldn’t be a Parris visit without a display of dance by the young refugees who left Parris in awe of the raw talent.
“Their dance crew performed for me with so much passion and freedom. I later sat down with them and asked what were their hopes and dreams… they told me they want the world to see them dance.
“They don’t have technology, phones and don’t even know what YouTube or Instagram is. I told them I will post them dancing and show the world!”
Today we stopped at the World Vision children’s centre in Bidi Bidi. Their dance crew performed for me with so much passion and freedom. I later sat down with them and asked what were their hopes and dreams… they told me they want the world to see them dance. They don’t have technology, phones and don’t even know what YouTube or Instagram is. I told them I will post them dancing and show the world! Here they are✨ comment and show them some love😍 @40hourfaminenz (swipe for more)
World Vision New Zealand National Director Grant Bayldon says having Goebel on board in support of the 40 Hour Famine will play a big part in reaching young people in New Zealand.
“Parris has a genuine heart for helping the refugees of South Sudan and young Kiwis will see that and be inspired by her passion to help too.”
Bayldon says the 40 Hour Famine will give South Sudanese children hope for a better future.
“We’re asking a generation of young New Zealanders to stand united with the children of South Sudan to bring them essentials like food, water, shelter and education.”
Parris says she wants to help the 40 Hour Famine fundraise $2m.
“It’s my goal to get as many New Zealanders on board as we can to do the 40 Hour Famine and help fundraise for these children in desperate need.”
Sign up or be a sponsor for the upcoming 40 hour Famine here.