Winnipeg residents will be lifting and cycling their hearts out to raise money so that children with special needs can enjoy the benefits of physical activity.
Spin4Kids, a national one-day indoor fitness fundraiser to support the GoodLife Kids Foundation, will take place on Nov. 16 at 1120 Grant Ave. Participants are encouraged to build a team of eight people and sweat it out in exercise classes and other competitions for charity.
Ryan Giesbrecht is the event co-ordinator for Spin4Kids Winnipeg. He stressed the importance of getting children with intellectual disabilities active.
"For me, it’s important that these kids get the opportunity to start their fitness journey," Giesbrecht said. "Many of these kids need special equipment or help in order to exercise. These donations play a significant role in self development. It’s able to make physical activity a lot more fun for them."
Giesbrecht said everyone is welcome to join the event, including non-members of GoodLife Fitness. Participants can join one of the indoor classes, or take part in other activities such as Lift for Kids. Giesbrecht stressed that there are events for weight lifters, people who enjoy slower-paced classes like yoga, and classes that can accommodate any fitness level.
Spin4Kids is a national event, with fundraising events taking place in Ottawa, British Columbia and elsewhere across Canada. Participants are encouraged to raise $1,000 per team (or $125 per person), and any donation of $20 or more will get a tax receipt.
Giesbrecht said the main event is a lot of fun.
"Seeing all the different members and clubs come together, it’s a great feeling. This one-day event has a ripple effect in our community, and we get to see the donations come back to help our community," Giesbrecht said. "Please come try out a class, go online, make that donation."
The GoodLife Kids Foundation issues grants to fitness programs across Canada, including Winnipeg. In 2019, the foundation issued $21,000 in grants to Winnipeg programs such as the Winnipeg School Division Autism Adaptive Skills program at Inkster School and Manitoba Swimability.
For more information on the event, or to make a donation, visit spin4kids.com. GoodLife Fitness will also accept cash and cheque donations at the Spin4Kids main event on Nov. 16. For anyone looking to join the event in person, they can contact Giesbrecht at 204-231-1466
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