Soul Power Fitness has been busy preparing for their third annual Ryde for STARS fundraiser, which will be held on Friday, July 26th in their parking lot at 117 Centennial Drive North. For the past three years, the staff at Soul Power Fitness has dedicated many hours of their time to host the fundraiser, where all proceeds go towards helping keep STARS Air Ambulance in the sky. Each year, approximately 100 people participate in the fundraiser, which brings in an estimated $22,000 annually.
The event first started when a member at the fitness centre who worked for STARS mentioned the fundraising opportunity to the staff at Soul Power Fitness and from there, the event was created. “We got the idea from there, but then we took it and decided to make it our own. None of us have any personal ties directly to STARS; however, we have met so many people that have participated in our fundraiser that have stories of people they know needing STARS. It is such an important addition in our province and has helped to save so many lives, so we just think it is really important to do our part to help out,” Soul Power Fitness owner/operator Rochelle Wotherspoon said.
Heading into their third year, Wotherspoon noted that they have learned a lot from the previous two years and things are running smoother than ever as the event nears. “We have a really great check list in place and have learned all of the do’s and don’ts from previous years. We have a great rhythm in place and all of the instructors are on board and are really engaged. We have seen numerous reoccurring members participating from year to year that really enjoy doing it and we have received a ton of support from the business community.”
The event will consist of a spin-a-thon, which will take place for approximately three hours and include four spin classes. Individuals, groups and businesses are asked to raise $1000 for a bike. Those participating are encouraged to host their own fundraisers to raise the funds to be used towards the “purchase” of their bike.
Wotherspoon would like to thank all of the businesses that have shown their support this year including; Lakeview Insurance, Dahlia Salon & Spa, Verns Pizza, Precision Sounds, Churchill Brewing Company, Flaman Fitness, Sherry’s Photography, Nourish, Pharmasave, Affinity Credit Union, Designs by Dorothy, Mr Mikes, WMW Homes, Infinity Salon & Spa, A&R Electric, Canalta Hotels and Cloverdale Paints Saskatoon.
The fundraiser is not just for those participating in the spin-a-thon, but is open to everyone. There will be numerous raffle items donated by local businesses, a bouncy house, pizza and a beverage for $5 and a lot of excitement and energy. “We wanted to offer something for everyone at the event and it is sure to be a ton of fun, so come on out to cheer us on and be a part of the festivities,” Wotherspoon said.
For more information, visit http://www.soulpowerfit.com/stars.