Algonquin College mixes fitness and fundraising
RYAN PAULSEN / DAILY OBSERVER Jade Beardy makes a quick save during a floor hockey game at Algonquin College, part of their fitness-themed fundraiser held on Saturday, Feb. 22. The event raised more than $1,700 for the ongoing capital campaign, which is just $300,000 short of its $2.5 million fundraising goal.
On Saturday many people took advantage of the mild weather to pull themselves out of winter hibernation and get active, raising money for Algonquin College at the same time. The college hosted the first of what they hope will become an annual Fitness Day tradition, offering 30-minute sample sessions in a variety of disciplines, all to raise funds for the still-ongoing capital campaign for the new waterfront campus.
The campaign to raise $2.5 million towards the new campus’s construction still has roughly $300,000 still to go, but Saturday’s event continued to chip away at that, adding $1,780 to the pool.
For capital campaign administrator Marie Mask, the mutually beneficial day was typical of what the college should be doing.
“The college belongs to the community,” she says, “so we should be using it for community events. This, to me, was a perfect idea for February, when you need fitness, and it was so much fun.
“We said to people, ‘okay, come and enjoy a day of fitness. You can take one class, you can take the whole day, you can do whatever you want, just get yourself a sponsor.’ So if somebody got a $20 sponsor we were able to give them a tax receipt because it’s a donation to the college. People went out, got donations from their friends and family and sponsors, and then they were able to participate. A lot of people don’t want to do fundraising, and those people just sponsored themselves.”
The short sessions were hosted by the likes of Petawawa Karate Club, White Pine Yoga, Best Western Fitness Centre and many others, giving visitors a taste of the incredible variety of fitness activities, clubs and businesses on offer around the Upper Ottawa Valley. In the afternoon, once the shorter sessions had wrapped up, the gym was given over to a floor hockey tournament that proved popular with the guys who didn’t feel like yoga or aerobics was their thing.
Connie Poupore, Erin Morris and Sarah Mask all won prizes for being the event’s top three fundraisers.
Ryan Paulsen is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.
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