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Gym throws its weight behind charity black tie dinner

Nov 1st, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

SWEATY is out and swanky is in when Les Mills gym hosts a charity black tie dinner and live auction for children on Saturday.

Studio one, normally reserved for the likes of Pump and Body Attack classes, will transform into a classy dining room.

The aim of the event is to help kids in the wider Hutt Valley community through the Child Cancer Foundation as well as Mr Martin’s own charity, The Martin Charitable Trust.

“The proceeds will be split 50/50 between the two charities and will go directly to the kids and the lower decile schools in our community,” says Mr Martin (right).

As personal training manager at Les Mills Hutt City, Mr Martin is passionate about health and fitness, and sought to combine this with his belief in helping young people.

Along with his fiancé, he established The Martin Charitable Trust this year to help underprivileged kids and schools in the Hutt Valley by providing sporting equipment to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

Mr Martin also has personal links to the work Child Cancer Foundation has done in his community and is excited to be able to support them.

“The five-year old son of close friends was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year.”

“We saw the challenging time they went through and still face, and we feel it would be great to give back to the charity that helped them get through it, and continue to help other children in the Hutt Valley,” says Mr Martin.

As well as being the backdrop for the charity dinner, Les Mills Hutt City is the major sponsor of the event and is donating items for the live auction.

Club Manager, Nico Loubser has also jumped on board by committing to having his head shaved for the cause. Donations can be made on

“It is a night I would describe as the full package. You get to support a great cause, as well as being served a three-course meal, enjoying live entertainment and partaking in the charity auction,” says Mr Martin.

Mr Martin says they hope to raise up to $20,000 for the two charities and urges people who want to grab last minute tickets to contact him on

The Black Tie and Live Auction charity event will take place on Saturday from 7-11pm.


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