Exercise in the open air

Aerobics club’s drive to help others

KEEPING FIT: Toto Quwe was one of the participants enjoying a morning session at the Back to School aerobics event at the Nonesi Mall on Saturday Picture: BHONGO JACOB

THE Back to School campaign organised by Tyronmillas Aerobics Club saw more than 85 people participate in the charity event at the Nonesi Mall on Saturday. Event organiser Nondumiso Nqaphi said the event was aimed at giving back to needy pupils at five schools in Komani.

“As a club this was our first event. We believe we have a duty of social responsibility to the community where we all live and this campaign allowed us to plough back through the language of exercise, in particular aerobics.”

Participants were asked to donate a school item as an entry fee.“ Everyone donated an item of uniform for the school they wished to support from the schools we identified. We want to ensure that the needy children seeking education will not have to worry about uniforms.”

The handover was done this week at Mpendulo Primary, Van Coller, Louis Rex, Edlelweni and Nonesi.“The event went well and we hope that a culture of love for aerobics and giving back to communities, will show growth.”

Nqaphi said more local people were getting into the sport. “Wellness is becoming a priority for many people, including those faced with chronic illness and those who want to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Aerobics is one of the ways to do this and to have fun at the same time.”

Participants were delighted to be a part of the event. Samantha Botha said she had been doing the sport for eight years. “I am doing this to keep fit. It is a nice way of meeting new people, to exercise, dance and loosen up. Aerobics is a stress reliever.”

Toto Quwe, who was participating in an aerobics marathon for the first time, said it had not been as challenging as he thought. “The organiser is a colleague of mine so I wanted to come and support him. I usually go to gym to run on the treadmill and do a few weights, but aerobics has been a lot of fun.”

 

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