Bust a move for a cause
■ Zumba has proven it’s more than a passing fad in Karratha, with 110 women competing in the city’s fourth annual Zumbathon last Saturday to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
The three-hour dance marathon was held at the Karratha Leisureplex in the evening and raised close to $4000 for the Cancer Council WA’s Crawford Lodge in Nedlands and Milroy Lodge in Shenton Park.
Together the two lodges house rural cancer patients who require treatment in the city each year.
There was no shortage of community support at this year’s Zumbathon.
The Cancer Council sponsored the event and BreastScreen WA provided information packs and resources.
Local teacher Ellen Grochowski and several Port Hedland zumba instructors led participants through the moves while everyone, from local small businesses to students, offered help behind the scenes.
Event spokeswoman Amanda Hohneck said the event had grown immensely since it began as an idea in her zumba class years ago.
“It started as a group of ladies in zumba class and we wanted to give back to a good cause,” she said.
“The party (we wanted) ended up being a bit more organised than that.”
Though numbers were slightly down from last year, she was “stoked” with its progress and hopes to do it all again next year.
BreastScreenWA’s mobile services for free screening mammograms for women aged 40 and over in Karratha have moved to a new location at the Frank Butler Community Centre carpark, Hunt Way, Bulgarra, until November 10.