Bay Roberts Zumba class dancing for a cause

Melissa Jenkins
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Thousands raised for the Angel Fund chairty of CBN

Amanda Thompson hosted a “Party in Pink” dance-a-thon fundraising event at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts on the evening of Nov. 9.

A cheque for $4,364 was donated to the Angel Fund from a Zumba dance-a-thon fundraising event. Those on hand for the presentation were, from left, Zumba instructor Amanda Thompson, Karen Sullivan from the Angel Fund Committee, Samantha Smith and Christa Clarke.

Dressed in fuchsia, rose, magenta and choral, more than 50 women danced with few breaks for the entire two-hour duration of the event and worked up a sweat.

The cheeks on each woman from Amanda’s Zumba class were as pink as the clothing they wore after completing the event, which was to raise money for the Angel Fund.

The Angel Fund is a Conception Bay North charity that provides financial assistance to women fighting breast cancer in the area.

Zumba, which is a mix of salsa, hip-hop, martial arts and aerobic dancing, is one of the biggest crazes for women in fitness. There are currently several different locations that offer Zumba classes throughout Conception Bay North.

Successful event

Another Zumba instructor, Christa Clarke, told The Compass it was a very successful event.

“It was an amazing, fun night that was filled with Zumba and great people who came together as a community to party in pink and show support to our many neighbours who have been diagnosed with breast cancer,” she explained. “When we got up on stage to start the night, I looked out at the room full of pink and it made me proud to be a part of the Zumba family and to be a Newfoundlander living in CBN where people come together to help one another.”

On Nov. 14, the group got together — again wearing pink — and presented a cheque worth $4,364 to the Angel Fund.

The group raised money through donations, recycling and ticket sales on donated items from the community.

“At the end of the fundraising I hosted a Party in Pink Zumba Fitness Class along with Christa Clarke and Samantha Smith (another instructor) to celebrate and dance for all breast cancer victims,” Amanda said. “Everyone had to wear pink and we danced until we dropped.”

The gym at Amalgamated was donated free-of-charge for the event, and food was also provided from local businesses.

Why the Angel Fund?

Party in Pink events have been held all over the world from Canada to Australia. In North America, more than $660,000 has been raised for the Zumba global research grant for breast cancer prevention. The goal is $1 million.

“I worked my way through college as an auxiliary nurse in England,” Amanda explained. “I saw first-hand the devastating effects of breast cancer and the scars — both mental and physical — which the survivors lived with.”

Amanda decided the donation would be best used to support a charity that could use it now to help those affected.

“I am a firm believer in (the saying) charity begins at home and wanted to help breast cancer sufferers in the immediate area, which is why I chose to raise money for the Angel Fund.”

Christa said the community support that came behind them was overwhelming, and she was happy to be involved in such an event.

“For me it was all about the community and helping people around us who have been diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said. “I thought we can't cure the cancer but we could help relieve some stress that the patients and families feel. It's all about being there for each other, and the Zumba family went over and above.”

Organizations: Angel Fund, The Compass, Party in Pink Zumba Fitness Class

Geographic location: Conception Bay North, Bay Roberts, Canada Australia North America England

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