For the ladies at New Westminster’s 30 Minute Hit the process of kicking, punching, kneeing, and helping fight cancer has been just as liberating and empowering as you might imagine.
A group of dedicated women from each of the twenty-three North American 30-Minute-Hit locations is participating in the KICK THE *&%! OUT OF CANCER event. They have pledged to “hit” (complete the kickboxing workout) a certain number of times during the month of October in exchange for donations to the British Columbian Cancer Foundation! They are collecting these donations from their friends, family, coworkers and people on the street while they’re kicking and punching their hearts out. The event is called “30-Minute-Hit, Kicking the *&%! Out of Cancer” and as Stacey Firth, one of the co-owners of the New Westminster Hit location, quips “the name makes total sense when you remember we are a kickboxing gym!”
Stacey Firth’s New Westminster location signed on to participate in the event, and a group of more than 52 women have come together to support a cause near and dear to their hearts. Stacey beams with pride as she recounts how her ‘Hitters’ have come together. “Its super special when you think about it. A group of women fighting for each other, fighting for any and every women affected by cancer. It’s so cool to look out at the workout floor and see it full of girls sporting their pink team t-shirts and working so hard to reach their goals. I took the time to read through each of their stories on their personal fundraising pages and I was so touched. It’s just really wonderful.”
This event goes beyond just the basic intention of fundraising though. It motivates and encourages the women participating to be healthier versions of themselves. It provides them with a proverbial kick-in-the-butt to take their health more seriously.
The medical community unanimously agrees that daily physical activity is vital for over all heath. There is also compelling research that shows 30 minutes of activity 3 times a week (or more) significantly reduces the risk of ovarian, breast, and uterine cancers (as well as colon and prostate). The 30-Minute-Hit kickboxing circuit supports these activity goals, and the 30-Minute-Hit lifestyle keeps you coming back for more! Stacey boasts “30-Minute-Hit is not only a fantastic workout in 30 minutes, it’s a community. Women come together, get to know each other, and become strong empowered women together. In 30 minutes, they work up a sweat like nowhere else but they also get to shut out the world and put themselves and their health first! Anyone can find 30 minutes in their day to get a GREAT workout in, meet amazing women and become part of something special. Health should not be an option.”
The Minister of Health projects more than 23,000 British Columbians will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year with more than 40% of these diagnosed patients being women. By 2024 it is estimated that there will be more than 33,000 new diagnosis made yearly. A terrifying prospect indeed, but one we have the power to change.
Support the New Westminster ‘Hitters’ by donating and helping them KICKTHE *&%! OUT OF CANCER. Their fundraising goal of $5,000 was quickly met and they have increased their goal to $10,000. To date they have raised $8,817.13 though online donations, and over $600.00 with their additional fundraising efforts for a total of more than $9,400.00.
To help in the fight against cancer, and to support the commitment of local New Westminster’s you have two options.
First of all, you can donate online. Or, for a more delicious option, you can purchase a ticket for the upcoming pub night fundraiser, 4-7pm on Sunday October 23rd, 2011 at The Dublin Castle. For a mere $20.00 (all proceeds donated) you get a juicy burger, crispy fries, and your choice of a beer/wine/highball. There will also be a toonie-toss and 50-50 draw for you pub night traditionalists. The Dublin Castle Pub is located at 101 – 319 Governors Court New West (the old Penitentiary). If you haven’t been to the Dublin Castle Pub yet, this fundraiser gives you the opportunity to support two local businesses and fill up your Karma-bank two fold!
For tickets Call 604-521-5913 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. On Facebook? Check out the event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=280317065326845.