Zumba craze boosts charity funds

ASK any fitness instructor what the latest keep-fit craze is and they’ll reply with one word – Zumba.

The phenomenon has been growing in the UK over the past few months, with participants eager to ‘shake their bits’ to the funky Latin beats.

And two separate Zumba workouts in Times Territory have brought in vital funds for charity.

A purple Zumba party was staged at Monk’s Walk School in WGC, which raised �700 for the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy.

It was hosted by Rosemary Conley instructor Lindsey Peters, and some 70 people took part.

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She said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to do this for such a good cause.

“It was a fabulous event and we all had a great time.

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“Exercise is obviously a fundamental part of staying fit and healthy, but to be able to use it to help make a difference is really quite amazing.

“It was fun, sweat and cheers all the way!”

Detective constables Zoe Fox and Liz Carey, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s child abuse investigation unit, staged a ‘Zumbathon’ at police HQ in Stanborough Road, WGC.

More than 90 people took part in the two-hour dance class, raising more than �1,240 for police charity Child Victims of Crime.

Dc Fox said: “The afternoon was an outstanding success thanks to all those who took part – whether they were part of the Zumbathon, donating raffle prizes or simply cheering us along!

“The sun was shining, everyone had a good time and, most importantly, we raised a fantastic sum for a very worthy cause.

“Particular thanks go to the instructors Robert and Sonia Gifford and Karen Bedford for giving up their time and keeping us all motivated on the day.”

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