Exercise event benefits patients

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 29/09/2012
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GAME ON: 2nd Impression members, from left, Rachel Taylor, Cath Slee, Suzie Annear and Vicki MacDonald take part in the Pink and Steel Pilates Trust exercise fundraiser, held in Timaru earlier this month.

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Working up a sweat for the Pink and Steel Pilates Trust could benefit up to 20 South Canterbury cancer patients.

A range of exercise programmes were offered at Waimataitai School hall this month, raising $8896 for the district's cancer patients recovering from treatment.

Sponsorship made up $7300 of the funds raised.

Trust patron Susie Morton said the final figure has the potential to benefit 20 patients requiring rehabilitation.

The Pink and Steel Pilates Trust was the driving force behind the concept. All funds raised will go into the trust.

Mrs Morton said the day was a great success.

"We had budgeted to only raise $5000 so for a first attempt at a fitness fundraiser like that we were absolutely delighted.

"There was a feeling of fun and camaraderie on the day and with several spot prizes for each class and some more major prizes, everyone went away happy."

Exercise programmes available throughout the day included yoga, Zumba, Pilates, kick boxing and tai chi. Most of those classes attracted at least 30 participants, Mrs Morton said.

"The variety of classes made it an interesting day. Some teams stayed all day and did most of the classes while others . . . were doing only a few of them.

"The response and feedback was fantastic. People said, ‘lets do it again next year', it was so much fun. Maybe we'll do that. I think it's very likely we'll run it again."

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- The Timaru Herald

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