Bad Dancing Saves Lives

Shimmy, shake and slide! On Friday 27 March, 6 very brave Brisbane CEO’s, including Brazilian Beauty CEO, Francesca Webster, donned their best disco gear in this year’s ultimate fundraising event. Dancing CEO’s.

Brisbane City Hall was transformed into a 1970’s discotheque as the city’s top bosses battled it out to raise funds and awareness to support Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ). Over $73,000 was raised for the amazing cause.

The WLSQ team provide much needed pro-bono legal and social work services to Queensland women in need. Each year the dedicated service helps over 3,500 women to seek safety and gain access to justice. However, lack of resources mean that 16,000 women who make contact with the Service cannot be assisted.

The night paid tribute to empowering women and speaking up against domestic violence with the night’s hashtag, #dancingagainstdv. Brisbane’s hit breakfast radio duo, Stav and Abby from Hit105 emceed the event, providing plenty of laughs and five star entertainment to all evening’s guests.

Our very own CEO Francesca Webster kicked of the night’s dancing with a samba dance routine that wowed the whole room!

Francesca’s incredible brazilian themed costume certainly created waves, definitely setting the bar high for the rest of the evening.

The CEO’s that followed were not to be outdone, lighting up the stage with jazzy moves and a glittering array of costumes. Barrister Ross Cameron, followed by Mission Beautiful Australia’s Amy Lee and Andrew Smith from Grant Thornton followed suit with a full monty rendition, hip hop shake-down and an ode to Michael Jackson. Emma Herbert from Women’s Property Panel and Fleur Madden from The Red Republic rounded out the show with an amazing Grease performance and jazz tribute respectively.

Our CEO Fran with her back up dancers from Mad Dance House
Our CEO Fran with her back up dancers from Mad Dance House

Guests were treated throughout the evening to a delectable three course meal, gorgeous music by x-factor contestant Candice Diane and fantastic commentary by the evening’s judges, Damien Rossi, Iolande Skinner, Matt Browning and Karl Schwantes. The event was finished off with an incredible all in performance with the amazing dancers from Mad Dance House and all of the CEO’s.

Overall the evening was a roaring success, with thousands of much-needed dollars raised to support the efforts of WLSQ assisting women in need.