Get your groove on for a good cause.
The Movement Centre of Manitoba (MCM) is holding its fourth annual Move ‘N Groove-a-thon on May 3 from noon to 6 p.m.
Margy Nelson, executive director for the MCM, said she created the event to raise money in order for clients to take part in the programs at a reduced fee. The MCM doesn’t receive government funding, so the establishment has to fundraise the difference for its operating costs.
"We are a centre providing conducive education and rehabilitation to children and to adults with movement disabilities," Nelson said.
Some of the movement disabilities the MCM helps to treat include cerebral palsy, stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
Although the event itself is months away, Nelson said the fundraising starts now.
"The money is raised basically in advance of the event," Nelson said. "The event is really a celebration of all the hard work (and money raised) by the participants."
Nelson explained that people wanting to raise money for the MCM do so by forming fundraising teams. From this point forward to the date of the event, they can do whatever they want to raise as much money as they can for the MCM.
"You can have as many as 18 people on a team. There’s no minimum," Nelson said.
At the Move ‘N Groove-a-thon, there will be prizes for the fundraising teams, such as gift cards from McDonald’s, Boston Pizza, and Wow! Hospitality.
"For the team that’s raised the most money, they will get a Boston Pizza pizza party," Nelson said.
In addition to recognizing the fundraising teams, there will also be some moving and grooving at the event.
"You’ll see a lot of our participants in their walkers and wheelchairs doing their thing," Nelson said with a laugh.
Local bands are expected to perform, and Winnipeg mascots may drop by as well.
"We’ve got local celebrities, we’ve got a photo booth, and we tend to have a lot of the Blue Bombers stopping in," Nelson said.
The MCM’s fundraising goal this year is $150,000, which Nelson realizes is a lot of money but it’s not impossible.
"Each year, we’ve been raising more and more money. Last year, we raised over $110,000," Nelson said.
Those interested in attending the Move ‘N Groove-a-thon can buy tickets at the door for $25.