best foot forward

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 June, 2004, 12:00am

Philanthropists are being urged to dust off their dancing shoes for an 'Ethnic Extravaganza' to raise funds to build a wood-carving workshop at an orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia.

The event's organiser, Tess Lau, said: 'A lot of the teenagers who come to the orphanage did not go to school, so a workshop would teach them skills enabling them to become financially independent. We hope the workshops can also become a profit centre, where the children can sell the items.

'If this pilot project is a success, we will extend it to all the orphanages near tourist sites in Cambodia. There are so many orphans because of the war - they need all the help we can give.'

Party-goers who are too shy to shake their booty need not fret. Hawaiian, flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern dancers will be on hand to lead the way.

The money raised will go to French charity Children of Asia-ASPECA, whose mission is to help orphans and children from very poor families in Southeast Asia.

The party is this Saturday at the Viceroy and DV8 Bar & lounge. For more information, see, or check out