Spin 4 Kids raises money for children with disabilities

Meghan Keir, general manager at GoodLife Fitness in Prince George, is ready for Spin 4 Kids tomorrow. Take a group fitness class and help kids along the way. Bill Phillips photo
Meghan Keir, general manager at GoodLife Fitness in Prince George, is ready for Spin 4 Kids tomorrow. Take a group fitness class and help kids along the way. Bill Phillips photo

Ever thought about trying out a group fitness class?

Why not try one on Saturday, November 17? And while you’re there, you can help some kids too.

GoodLife Fitness is hosting Spin 4 Kids tomorrow and will be running group fitness classes all day. The cost for the fitness class is by donation with the all donations going to the GoodLife Kids Foundation. There will also be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses.

“We do it yearly,” says Meghan Keir, general manager at GoodLife Fitness in Prince George. “Every club across Canada puts on a Spin 4 Kids. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year to drive funds into the GoodLife Kids Foundation.”

The GoodLife Kids Foundation awards grants of up to $10,000 to places like AiMHi and other charities that support children with disabilities. The money can be used for programs or for equipment that will help children.

“It goes more towards intellectual disabilities and children with autism,” said Kier.

Spin 4 Kids day involves back-to-back fitness classes. Usually there are about three group classes on a Saturday, but tomorrow classes will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participants can come and take part in a group fitness class, or two, or three. Some people even try to do all of the classes.

“Last year we had someone do all of them and he was literally crawling by the end,” says Keir. “He won a prize for most enduring.”

The staff at GoodLife Fitness, with the moniker The Northern Bunch, has been fundraising for a couple of months, basically asking friends and families for donations. Some businesses will also enter teams. And it is by donation, so give a little or, hopefully, give a lot.

Keir expects there will be a couple hundred participants tomorrow and is hoping to raise $5,000.

“People can just come down on Saturday and attend a class,” she says. “People are welcome to come down and try a class.”

While the funds raised go to the GoodLife Kids Foundation, it can come back to Prince George if local groups and/or organizations apply for.

“My end goal is to eventually have the money stay in the community,” says Keir. “We’re here to support local organizations and charities. We want organizations in Prince George to know this grant is available.”

So if you want to take part in a group fitness class, and help some kids, head down to GoodLife Fitness tomorrow, get fit, and have some fun.

You also donate to Spin 4 Kids online at www.spin4kids.com