Carer plans 24-hour danceathon at Toto’s Africa to help food banks

A Cornwall carer whose family was supported by a food box company when the pandemic affected her working hours is now raising money for her local food bank – by dancing straight 24 hours a day at Toto’s Africa.

Ein Pasco said he and his family were “struggling” when a friend brought boxes of food after Kovid’s father shortened his work hours.

Mr. Pasco has now raised over £1,200 on GoFundMe for the Camborne, Poole and Redruth (CPR) Food Bank, while he prepares for a day of non-stop dancing and nearly 300 loops of Toto’s classic pop hits.

“I’ve loved this song since I was a kid and as an adult, Africa by Toto has become a little weird obsession between me and my friends,” the 34-year-old told PA news agency.

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Mr. Pasco even made an Africa-inspired bumper sticker for his car (Dean Pasco / PA)

“I thought the idea of ​​doing a 24 hour danceathon was interesting, and at the same time it’s really hard. So it makes it a complete charity (campaign).”

Mr Pasco’s day-long disco is inspired by his experience as a caregiver during the first lockdown of 2020, when the pandemic restricted his income.

“It affected all my hours…and a friend I knew and my family was struggling a bit,[so]he dropped a few cans of food over a period of two or three weeks and realized it was my The family was so overweight don’t worry about food and stuff like that right away,” he explained.

“The CPR food bank is used extensively here – it shouldn’t be, but (I’m) really glad it’s there. After experiencing it, I figured I’d do something to raise a little bit of money.” I can

“My teammates are going to dance with me, I have a friend’s band that’s going to come over and play for an hour or so – obviously they cover Africa over and over again until they get away with it. Don’t get bored, who might have won’t take that long.”

my friend says it will be 297 loops…it will drive me crazydean pasco

The drum echoes at 5pm on February 25, when Mr. Pasco plans to start dancing 24 hours a day at the Beacon Cricket Club in Cornwall.

The venue has also offered a full DJ kit and projector for Team Pasco to livestream the event.

“I realized that 5 p.m. is a great time to start, because I can get enough sleep earlier in the day – I’m going to sleep until the last possible moment,” he said.

“Some friends have said they’ll come in and buy (me) a pint and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I think I’ll just be with water and energy drinks at 2 o’clock.

Mr. Pasco acknowledged that he would follow his steps in preparation for the event.

“I have some dance moves in the locker and I’ll learn something, but it’s mainly a slow song – a sway I feel. There’s going to be a lot for 24 hours.”

“My partner says it will be 297 loops… it will drive me crazy.”

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Mr Pasco said his three children would stop by to join the dance (Dean Pasco/PA)

Despite committing to a full day of dancing, Mr. Pasco will be sporadically joined by family and friends, including his six-year-old daughter, Rosalie.

“She’s buzzing, she’s going to join me at the beginning and the end.”

He said, “It’s one of those things that seems like a really funny thing at first, but when you think about it you go, ‘Okay, it’s actually quite stuffy’ “

Everyone has rallied, which is really lovely.dean pasco

“I think a little fitness regime is going to come in the next few months, lots of carbs.”

Mr. Pasco praised the community for supporting the “absolutely brilliant” CPR Food Bank.

“(Camborne) is one of the poorest parts of the UK, so you can see that there is a need for a food bank,” he said.

“Everyone has rallied, which is really lovely.

“I think after a few years I’ll have to detox (Africa),” he said.

To donate to Mr. Posco’s GoFundMe, visit: www.gofundme.com/24hr-africa-by-toto-danceathon-for-cpr-foodbank