Ex­er­cise in char­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

A BEL­MONT gym is gear­ing up for a gru­elling 12 work­outs in 12 hours to raise money for three char­i­ties.

A BEL­MONT gym is gear­ing up for a gru­elling 12 work­outs in 12 hours.

MMA 24/7 has set the chal­lenge to raise funds for three char­i­ties close to their hearts – Staffy & Bull Breed Res­cue (SABBR), Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease Aus­tralia, and Ron­ald McDon­ald House Perth.

MMA 24/7 head of fitnes Ty­rone Taeipa said it’s the first time they’ve taken on three char­i­ties for their an­nual fundraiser.

“In my area that I coach, there’s 300 plus peo­ple who come through on a weekly ba­sis,” Taeipa said.

“We’ve got a lot of peo­ple who love dogs, peo­ple in­volved with MND and Ron­ald McDon­ald House, so we’ve picked three char­i­ties that af­fect peo­ple within our group.”

Taeipa is expecting over 80 reg­u­lar gym at­ten­dees to be there for the full 12 hours from May 19 to 20, with some young fam­i­lies also com­ing to sup­port ear­lier in the evening.

“It’s go­ing to be hard, but we’re not the ones re­ally suf­fer­ing,” Taeipa said of the char­ity fundraiser.

“I’m sure all of us can han­dle a few hours sleep.”

Ash­leigh Warnes is a com­mit­tee mem­ber of SABBR and their fos­ter care co­or­di­na­tor, and said the event would be a great help to the group in terms of both money and aware­ness.

Res­cue dog Sadie suf­fered from cryp­to­coc­co­sis when she was adopted from the pound, a fun­gal in­fec­tion that in­fects the whole im­mune sys­tem.

“We spent just over $10,000 on mak­ing Sadie a healthy happy puppy,” Warnes said.

“We want to raise money and also make peo­ple aware that dogs that come in from the pound sys­tem aren’t al­ways healthy,” she said.

“There’s also a huge stigma on staffy breeds that they’re these hor­ri­ble dogs that can’t be around chil­dren… we’re try­ing to ed­u­cate peo­ple that that’s not the way it is. They’re the most lov­ing dogs ever, and they’re great fam­ily pets.”

Sadie and friends will be ready to sup­port those who take on the 12 hour work­out chal­lenge, and all of the funds raised will be split equally amongst the three char­i­ties.

Mr Taeipa said the work­outs are de­signed for peo­ple fa­mil­iar with MMA, but they can be scaled to suit dif­fer­ent fit­ness lev­els.

En­try to the event is a min­i­mum $5 do­na­tion, or $50 for those stay­ing overnight to sup­port.

All are in­vited to come along and cheer on the par­tic­i­pants and bring chairs, es­kys and their loud­est cheer­ing voice.

“Twelve 4 Twelve” kicks off on Fri­day May 19 at 7pm and car­ries on un­til Satur­day May 20 at 7am.

For more in­for­ma­tion, head to go­fundme.com/twelve4twelve.

MMA 24/7 head of fit­ness Ty­rone Taeipa and res­cue dog Sadie.

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