Madeline dances her way to Disneyland
FOR THE last few months 15-year-old Madeline Vidler has been working hard for her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dance at Disney Land with the Clarence River Dance Academy.
But she's also been lucky enough to be awarded a grant to help her get there as part of the McDonald's Junior Grants program.
"It's been hard (to raise the money) because I've had to work lots of extra shifts, sometimes starting at 3.30 in the morning," Madeline said.
"I've been missing out on dance class and hanging out with friends so I can try and pay the whole trip off myself."
Madeline is extremely excited to get the opportunity to dance overseas and has now raised more than half what she needs to get to Disneyland.
"I was really happy (when I got the grant), because it was three weeks worth of pay that I could just get straight away," she said.
Nicole Shipman from the Clarence River Dance Academy said they've got 19 girls heading to Los Angeles.
"They will perform twice in Disneyland itself... and they get to perform once in Hollywood."
The group leave for America on September 23.
In addition to Madeline, Gillwinga Public School has received a McDonald's grant to purchase materials for new dance costumes and help with the cost of transport for their contemporary indigenous dance group.
Minnie Water Surf Life Saving Club also received grant funding from McDonald's to help buy essential new equipment which will allow them to provide valuable lessons to their live savers and subsidise safety uniforms for junior nippers members.
If you are a child or junior group who needs assistance with sporting, academic, cultural or community projects, check out how you can apply for a Maccas Junior Grant.