Bust a move for a cause

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

■ 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.

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