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Economic crisis no match for Wellington gym

Dec 9th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

IN the face of economic gloom, a Wellington gym has managed to raise more money in less time for Heart Children New Zealand than when it last tried in 2006.

Les Mills‘ 16-hour Race to Midnight raised $26,000 for children with heart conditions, as opposed to $24,000 for their 24-hour event two years ago.

Despite missing their target of $30,000, events manager Bridget Hofmann is pleased with the results.

She says the global economy has made an impact on fundraising, so they were “rapt” to have raised the amount they did. 

Ms Hofmann puts the success down to a number of initiatives, the most significant being the use of

The website allows sponsors to donate money towards causes or individuals from anywhere in the world via the internet.

Sponsorship was obtained by individuals and teams participating in activities such as group fitness classes and hours spent on cardio equipment.

This year’s first dodge ball tournament was a hit, with 12 teams of six participating in fancy dress.

One gym member raised more than $4000 for the cause. She took part in an RPM marathon, three hours of interval training on an indoor cycle. 

PPICTURE: People taking part in the Strong Heart Challenge, an activity where teams take turns on cardio equipment for a number of hours.

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