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The lives of children in the South Bronx are going to change if the elderly hip hop dance group, The Hip Op-eration Crew, has their way.

The world’s oldest dance group has a visit to the Bronx at the top of its bucket list and hopes to raise enough funds within the next 30 days to visit there this November.

The group of hip hop dancers aged 68 to 96 years old says their mission is to travel from their homes on Waiheke Island to the South Bronx in New York where hip hop originated from to surprise the kids in youth centres and schools with a hip hop dance performance. 

95 year old hip hop dancer Kara Nelson (aka Kara Bang Bang) says, “we want to pay tribute to the children’s urban ancestors who invented hip hop and show these kids that when you do something positive, which brings people together, you can change the lives of the most unlikely group of people on the other side of the world.” 

The Waiheke Island based Hip Op-eration Crew has risen to notoriety since they performed at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas in 2013 and had a feature documentary film about them released in cinemas internationally last year.

Founder and Manager of The Hip Op-eration Crew, Billie Jordan says the dance group wants to make a difference in people’s lives before they die.

“We hope to show people around the world that no matter what your age or what obstacles you have in front of you, it is possible to achieve big goals and make a positive contribution to the lives of others.

"Going to the Bronx to inspire the young people is just part our mission, the other part is to show the world how much older people can achieve and contribute to society when they are treated as equals and have high expectations of them. 

“We are very fortunate to have a lot of international news media interested in filming our journey to the Bronx which will provide us with a much larger platform to inspire more people,” says Jordan. 

95 year old dancer Terri Woolmore-Goodwin (aka Terri 2 Cents) says they want people to join them on the journey to the Bronx. 

“We are inviting anyone who makes a Gold Donation to our ‘Bronx or Bust’ charity fundraiser to join us on the trip to the Bronx. It will be a heart-warming and unforgettable experience for everyone involved. It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” says Woolmore-Goodwin.

The Hip Op-eration Crew consists of 22 dancers aged 68 to 96 years old. Five members have dementia, one is blind, four use mobility aids, six are deaf, all have arthritis and the average age is 80. They are in the Guinness World Records as the oldest dance troupe in the world and are all neighbours on Waiheke Island. 

To raise the funds needed to travel to the Bronx they are offering any person or organisation that makes a Gold Donation to their charity the opportunity to join the crew on the trip and brand a dancer’s clothing with their logo. 

“We need to raise enough funds in the next 30 days to get 18 crew members to the Bronx. We hope people can support us and see the bigger picture of what we are trying to achieve.

People may even want to brand one of the dancers in memory of a person who has passed  away - so they are there in spirit, Corporations may want to this unique experience as a staff incentive reward,” says Jordan. 

For more information about The Hip Op-eration Crew’s ‘Bronx or Bust’ fundraising campaign please visit:

Website: www.hipop-eration.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehipoperationcrew

Twitter: @hipopcrew    

Risks and challenges

Every member of The Hip Op-eration Crew has their own travel and health insurance and only members with medical clearance will be permitted to travel to the Bronx. It is expected 17 members of the crew, ages 68 to 95 years old, will be okay to travel.

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    Receive a special limited edition branded unisex t-shirt with the words 'Bronx or Bust', and 'The Hip Op-eration Crew' on the front of it. The t-shirt is a standard black unisex crew neck t-shirt with lime green and orange graffiti style printing. Choose your own size.

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    Receive a special limited edition branded long sleeved crew neck unisex t-shirt with the words 'Bronx or Bust', and 'The Hip Op-eration Crew' on the front of it. The top is black with lime green and orange graffiti style printing. Choose your own size.

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    Receive a special limited edition branded hooded sweatshirt with the words 'Bronx or Bust', and 'The Hip Op-eration Crew' on the front of it. The hoodie is black with lime green, and orange graffiti style printing. Choose your own size.

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    Receive one limited edition t-shirt and one limited edition hooded sweatshirt in black with the words 'Bronx or Bust' and 'The Hip Op-eration Crew' on the front of it plus a personal shout-out of sincere thanks on our website. Choose your own sizes.

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    Gold Donation

    If you make a Gold Donation to the 'Bronx or Bust' fundraising campaign you will be able to:

    • Join The Hip Op-eration Crew in all of their visits to schools and youth centres in the Bronx and attend a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner with the crew.

    • Dress the top half of one hip hop dancer in the group with a branded T.Shirt, Long Sleeved Top and Hooded Sweatshirt. These items can be branded with a logo, image, message or anything you like (with the Hip Op-eration Crew manager's approval).

    • Receive positive international news media coverage of your personal or organisation’s involvement in the 'Bronx or Bust' mission.

    • Receive acknowledgement, thanks and positive exposure on the Hip Op-eration Crew website, Facebook page and in media releases the Hip Op-eration Crew dispatches about the trip.

    Important Information
    • One Gold Donation = the ability to supply and brand one of the hip hop dancer’s upper clothing and enables the Gold Donor (or a person representing them) to join The Hip Op-eration Crew on the trip to the Bronx.

    • All travel expenses, including food, transport and accommodation, will be at the Gold Donor’s own expense and will need to be organised by them.

    • Gold Donors do not need to stay at the same hotel as The Hip Op-eration Crew (who will be staying at a budget hotel in Manhattan). However, you may be asked to meet up with the Hip Op-eration Crew at their hotel in Manhattan before travelling to the Bronx together via the metro train.

    • An itinerary of the Hip Op-eration Crew’s activities in the Bronx will be provided as soon as the funding goals have been achieved and flight and accommodation bookings made.

    • You will receive a receipt for your donation, which can be claimed as a tax deductable donation in New Zealand tax returns (i.e for people or organisations who pay tax in NZ).

    This will be a fun, unique and heart-warming experience you will never ever forget!!!

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    Brand The Manager of The Hip Op-eration Crew

    If you pledge this amount you will be able to:

    • Join The Hip Op-eration Crew in all of their visits to schools and youth centres in the Bronx and attend a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner with the crew.

    • Dress the top half of the Manager of The Hip Op-eration Crew, Billie Jordan, with a branded T.Shirt, Long Sleeved Top and Hooded Sweatshirt. These items can be branded with a logo, image, message or anything you like (with the Hip Op-eration Crew manager's approval).

    • Receive positive international news media coverage of your personal or organisation’s involvement in the 'Bronx or Bust' mission.

    • Receive acknowledgement, thanks and positive exposure on the Hip Op-eration Crew website, Facebook page and in media releases the Hip Op-eration Crew dispatches about the trip.

    Important Information
    • $7,000 Donation = the ability to supply and brand Manager of The Hip Op-eration Crew's upper clothing and enables you, the Donor (or a person representing you) to join The Hip Op-eration Crew on the trip to the Bronx.

    • All travel expenses, including food, transport and accommodation, will be at the Donor’s own expense and will need to be organised by them.

    • Donors do not need to stay at the same hotel as The Hip Op-eration Crew (who will be staying at a budget hotel in Manhattan). However, you may be asked to meet up with the Hip Op-eration Crew at their hotel in Manhattan before travelling to the Bronx together via the metro train.

    • An itinerary of the Hip Op-eration Crew’s activities in the Bronx will be provided as soon as the funding goals have been achieved and flight and accommodation bookings made.

    • You will receive a receipt for your donation, which can be claimed as a tax deductable donation in New Zealand tax returns (i.e for people or organisations who pay tax in NZ).

    This will be a fun, unique and heart-warming experience you will never ever forget!!!

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