Inspired by the Girl Effect movement spreading around the world, Malaysian teenager Aisyhy Vimal will perform flashmob dances in four venues in the Klang Valley to raise funds for the movement created by the Nike Foundation. Her first flashmob dance will take place on March 31 at 8.00 pm at Starbucks in Bangsar Village 2 in Kuala Lumpur, and one of the sponsors is Live & Inspire magazine, said Aisyhy, 14, a performing arts student at a dance academy. Also confirmed is a performance at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya on April 20. Two other shows are likely to take place at Pavilion KL and at Bangsar Village 2 again.
In a flash mob dance which is particularly popular in the United States, a group of strangers breaks into a dance spontaneously and when the music stops, the dance also stops and the crowd disperses. "I started thinking about doing something for the less-fortunate while doing my geography homework when I learnt that 80% of the world's population live in poverty," said Aisyhy, who credits her mother and elder sister for encouraging her. "Then I came across this organization called Girl Effect which encourages teenage girls to help the poverty-stricken in the developing world."
Girl Effect receives financial and intellectual contributions from NoVo Foundation and Nike Inc and its key partners include the United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls. "For 14-year-0lds like me, the hardest thing is passing our school exams but there are many unfortunate girls our age who are victims of child labour, child marriages, teen pregnancies and unwanted diseases," said Aisyhy who has also created a Facebook page which has generated a growing fan base. Her page can be viewed at facebook.com/girleffect.flashmob. (Sourced from The Malay Mail).