PHOTOS: Adults spin with gym fundraiser to get kids moving, $12,000 to return to community

By Chelsea Laskowski
March 2, 2014 - 3:38pm

Wacky outfits are common to go along with fitness-themed fundraisers, and in the case of Goodlife Fitness’s Spin4Kids even the bikes got a makeover.

Before some of the teams of eight riders spent an hour each in a spin class, they decorated bikes with anything from balloons to cereal boxes.

“We just have fun. So it is about working out, but it’s more about coming in, having fun, and let’s have a smoothie, do some karaoke and ride a bike,” said Kim Ostapiw, group exercise manager and instructor.Thirteen teams total raised money and spent eight hours in various-intensity sessions. Some were designed to be easy rides and others more difficult, she explained.

Each team was asked to shoot for $1,000 raised for each bike they rode but her team, the PA Spinzters, far exceeded that.

“We raised $4,000 and we actually didn’t start early enough. I think we could do some more initiatives to raise money for it,” Ostapiw said.

For her part, most funds came from online donation and business donations through her other job.

To really set a precedent, her co worker Sarah Barczai alone raised near $2,000, according to Ostapiw.She explained the funds raised go towards grants for communities, schools, and other initiatives to get kids moving.

Overall, the Prince Albert gym had a goal to raise $12,000 for the Goodlife Kids Foundation through Spin4Kids.

By noon, they'd already surpassed that.

“In the morning we were at $8,900 for the online donations so by like 12, we’d already hit 12[000] so anything after this is all bonus kind of idea,” said Daniel Wasyliw, assistant general manager with Prince Albert’s Goodlife club.

Their preliminary total on Sunday was $15,441.

Following the Saturday fundraiser, non profit groups in Prince Albert can apply for $5,000 grants through the Goodlife Kids Foundation. 

Wasyliw said up to $12,000 of what was raised can come back to the community to fund children’s activities.

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