by Kristen Rohde
It was bordering on thirty degrees, the clouds had rolled over, and there were a few drops of rain around rendering the day rather humid. Despite this, it didn't stop forty odd people turning up to Richards Park on a Sunday afternoon for the Zumba for a Wish event. Zumba instructor Charli had organised this event to raise money for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Her passion for Zumba overlapped with a charitable desire to help make a difference to these young lives, so organising an event like this wasn't a hard decision.
Charli lead the workout with energy and vibrancy as people of all ages enjoyed busting out some dance moves to the Latin rhythms of salsa, merengue, cumbia, cha-cha and loads more. It was like a routine-reunion for Zumba regulars as Charli brought back classic routines while incorporating new ones to keep it fresh. There was also a turnout of people who'd never experienced the enjoyment of Zumba, giving them a chance to be involved in a worthy cause while also taking part in a new experience. Supporters from the Make a Wish foundation and Westpac joined in the workout and fun with the rest of us as we helped make a difference to children facing life-threatening diseases.
The park was alive with energy as we laughed, sweated, and even created some light entertainment for families having a relaxing day at the park. After the forty minute workout we cooled down with drinks and icy-poles, all the while pleased to have raised money for the Make a Wish foundation. It wasn't a big thing we did, but Charli, Westpac, the Make a Wish foundation and the band of supporters proved that it can take something simple yet still enjoyable to help people out who can't necessarily help themselves. Zumba for a Wish proved a success, and even the rain held out allowing everyone who attended to have a worthy and enjoyable Sunday afternoon.
Charli and her students having fun, while working out.
Raise your hands and lets party while getting fit!
Charli leading the pack, proving that Zumba is not just your ordinary work out, its a party!