Good sports for a great cause

GLENORCHY’S Health and Fitness World attracted some unlikely – but eager – new recruits as part of its recent Aerobathon to raise money for the local community.

Local Members of Parliament Elise Archer, Scott Bacon and Adriana Taylor were joined by Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston to help promote the recent annual Aerobathon.

More than $860 was raised for the Glenorchy Community Fund (GCF), which will be used for grants and local projects in the northern suburbs.

GCF chairperson Adriana Taylor said she was delighted that Health and Fitness World Glenorchy chose the Glenorchy Community Fund as the beneficiary of this year’s fundraising Aerobathon.

“The Glenorchy Community Fund provides grants to community groups for worthwhile projects that benefit the Glenorchy community,” she said.

“Since our formation in 2010 we have given grants totalling more than $35,000 to 20 organisations for a wide variety of great community-building projects.

“The public’s assistance in making the Health and Fitness World Glenorchy Aerobathon a huge success was very much appreciated, as it will help us fund many more worthwhile projects into the future.

Health and Fitness World Glenorchy spokesperson Karen Benn said this was the 17th year the Aerobathon had been held to boost awareness in the community about the benefits of participating in health and fitness programs.

“In past years we have had 300 to 400 people take part in the Aerobathon,” she said.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said while her aerobics experience in the 1990s did hold her in good stead for the session, it was the first time she had pulled on the boxing gloves.

“I think I am getting a bit of a reputation for the silly or extreme things I do to fundraise but it is a great opportunity to have a laugh, be a good sport and encourage others to do the same, for the benefit of our community,” she said.

Gym-goers were encouraged to donate during the weekend and take part in consecutive group fitness classes such as pump, zumba, action, attack, combat and grit sessions.

“This is the third year we have held our Aerobathon and in that time we have raised more than $10,000 for Autism Tasmania, CanTeen and the Glenorchy Community Fund, so it has been a real team effort that has delivered results, both in our local area and in the fitness of our members,” Health and Fitness World Glenorchy manager Jessica Sullivan said.

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