Join the Zumba party for Children in Crossfire

Mark McMahon, fundraiser with Children in Crossfire and Lesley Hager Concannon, the Zumba instructor who is helping to organise the two-hour Zumbathon for the Derry-based overseas charity, at Templemore Sports Complex next Saturday, January 14. (0601BM01)
Mark McMahon, fundraiser with Children in Crossfire and Lesley Hager Concannon, the Zumba instructor who is helping to organise the two-hour Zumbathon for the Derry-based overseas charity, at Templemore Sports Complex next Saturday, January 14. (0601BM01)
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Christmas and the New Year have come and gone for another year, and many of us are feeling the effects of the excesses of the party season. If you have made a New Year’s resolution to do a bit more exercise then why not ease your way in by taking part in a Zumbathon and help raise funds for Children in Crossfire?

This two-hour Zumba party will take place at Templemore Sports Complex on Saturday 14th January between 12pm and 2pm (registration at 11.30am). It costs £5 to enter, or you can ask family, friends or work colleagues to spur you on even more by getting sponsored to take part.

The proceeds from the event will go to Children in Crossfire-funded projects which support vulnerable children living in poor communities in Ethiopia, Tanzania and The Gambia, helping to improve access to education and healthcare facilities to give these children opportunities for a better future.

Children in Crossfire have teamed up with local Zumba instructor Lesley Hager Concannon to organize the event which will give people the opportunity to get involved in a really fun form of exercise while helping to make a difference to the lives of children living in poverty.

Lesley explained her reason for getting involved with this event: “Children in Crossfire do important work in improving early childhood care, and I am happy to host this Zumbathon for this wonderful charity.

“I want to help them achieve their vision of the creation of a safe environment where every child can realise their rights, develop to the fullest and reach their potential.”

Zumba has proved to be an extremely popular form of exercise and is something that can be enjoyed by people of all athletic abilities, young and old, men and women, boys and girls.

“Zumba has become a worldwide phenomenon so it’s only natural to use this latest fitness craze to benefit children in this respect,” says Lesley. “It’s all about making every move count and that’s what we’re doing with this Zumbathon...moving for a cause!”

If you are interested in taking part in the Zumbathon, please call Mark at Children in Crossfire on 02871 269898, or email mark.mcmahon@childrenincrossfire.org. For further information on Children in Crossfire please visit www.childrenincrossfire.org.