Members of Larne’s BeFit gym have successfully raised over £10,000 for ten local charities.
“Getting fit is only part of what we do at BeFit and it’s vital to give something back to our local community too. My mother-in-law died from cancer and we wanted to do something to raise money for the cancer charities. In the past, we raised over £30,000 for Cancer Focus by climbing Ben Nevis and then we paddled the River Bann to raise another £18,000. It was coming up to our ten year anniversary so we thought that some of our members could complete ten fitness challenges to raise £10,000 for ten charities,” explained BeFit owner, Andrea Kernohan who set up the gym in 2006.
Over 30 members took part in the ten challenges which ranged from zorbing up the River Lagan to a “Row to Jingle” challenge coming up to Christmas.
Mayor congratulates BeFit’s fundraisers
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Lindsay Millar, presented the ten cheques to the charities last week. She said: “Keeping active to boost health is so important and it is fantastic to see the efforts made to raise £10,000 for these well deserving charities. I want to congratulate everyone at BeFit for their hard work and I’m sure that the charities are delighted to receive these generous donations.”
The ten charities that received £1000 each were:
- Action for Children (Larne)
- Northern Ireland versus Arthritis
- Autism NI
- Cancer Focus
- Children’s Heartbeat Trust
- Pips and Pal (Larne)
- Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice
- Roddensvale School
- Sands & Tiny Life
- Larne Adult Centre
Trampolining to support local charities
BeFit won’t be resting on their laurels now as their next charity fundraising idea is in the pipeline.
“We’ve recently moved to our new premises in Princes Gardens and are now offering Boogie Bounce adult classes, kids classes and birthday parties so trampolines will definitely feature in our next fundraising initiative” added Andrea.