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    2019 - 05.17

    Let yoursef go: ‘Dancing Man’ Tommy Franklin will be at Wauchope TAFE on Tuesday.

    NORTH Coast TAFE has invited students and the community to meet “North Coast dancing sensation” and Australia’s Got Talent finalist Tommy Franklin at its Wauchope Campus next Tuesday, February 10.

    Tommy Franklin became an overnight YouTube sensation when tourists filmed him dancing in the rain on the streets of Byron Bay in 2010.

    He has since danced at Australia’s biggest music festivals, appeared in numerous video clips and films and was a finalist in the prime-time television competition,

    Australia’s Got Talent, in 2013.

    Tommy is known for his unique free spirit and infectious joy of life, having overcome some challenging life hurdles.

    “At 16 years of age I fell into the trap of drugs and alcohol and had a serious accident that left me in a wheelchair and out of action for nearly 12 months. I have struggled with mental health issues, including suicide and depression,” says Tommy.

    When Tommy realised that just by dancing he could make other people happy, he felt he had found his purpose. He now lives to inspire others and has touched countless lives through his performances, youth workshops and art projects.

    “The key is to find something you enjoy doing and make it your work and you’ll never work a day in your life. Nothing worth having comes easy or free,” says Tommy.

    “I’m very passionate about helping people and I feel honoured to visit North Coast TAFE to share my story and inspire people to further their education and better themselves.”

    North Coast TAFE’s event coordinator, Meredith Gibson, is inviting the whole community to come along and express themselves with Tommy.

    “There will be prizes for the best dressed, the best dancer and the most popular ‘selfie’ with Tommy. He’s very friendly and down to earth, so he’d be happy to have a chat and take a selfie. It’s going to be a blast,” says Ms Gibson.

    “A video will be filmed on the day so we’re asking people to wear yellow clothing to Wauchope campus – or you can just come as you are.”

    “It’s going to be colourful and fun and a good atmosphere,” says Tommy.

    “I’m really looking forward to it. It will be something that people have never experienced.

    “I want people to let themselves go and just dance. I don’t want them to stand on the sidelines with their mobile phone. It’s great to feel free and like a child.”

    North Coast TAFE’s community and business engagement leader for the Hastings Valley, Caleb Rose, says that Tommy is both an ambassador and an advocate for North Coast TAFE.

    “He embodies the values that we practise – we are passionate about learning and innovation, and want everyone to be able to access education. Our teachers support students to be bold and start something new, believe in themselves and find what makes them happy,” says Mr Rose.

    Tommy Franklin will be at the Wauchope TAFE Campus, Young Street, Wauchope on Tuesday, February 10, from 2pm to 4pm.

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