Cen­tre plans on mak­ing quite an im­pact

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

A new com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive is pack­ing a punch in One­hunga.

The Im­pact Cen­tre, at 12 Waller St, has been in the works for about 15 years and opened on Jan­uary 31.

It in­cludes a gold-coin do­na­tion gym as well as free nutri­tion­ist con­sul­ta­tions and bud­get­ing cour­ses, run by vol­un­teers. All equip­ment has been do­nated.

Gym manager Pesa Wil­son says it’s a one of a kind fa­cil­ity.

‘‘You’re not go­ing to have any­thing like this in the coun­try.

‘‘I grew up in One­hunga; one of the One­hunga rat­bags. This was set up to bless the com­mu­nity of One­hunga, but re­ally we’re not go­ing to say no to any­one.’’

Wil­son says en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to ful­fil their po­ten­tial is a large part of the fa­cil­ity.

He works with com­mon­wealth pow­er­lifter Daniel Hol­l­i­day at the gym to set up pro­grammes for peo­ple.

Sport and fit­ness have more than just phys­i­cal benefits, Wil­son says.

‘‘This is just a small part of our vi­sion; part of it is men­tor­ing the young peo­ple. I don’t mind them hang­ing around like a sore thumb.

‘‘If you have a fit body, your mind will be ac­tive as well. Sport is a great equaliser. We’re re­ally into mo­ti­vat­ing peo­ple.’’

The cen­tre was the brain­child of the New Hope Fel­low­ship church which came to Waller St 16 years ago.

Lead­er­ship team mem­ber Julie Mur­phy says the con­gre­ga­tion was look­ing for premises for the cen­tre for a long time.

She will be run­ning the bud­get­ing cour­ses and says there is scope for a whole range of ac­tiv­i­ties such as art classes, lit­er­acy ser­vices and homework clubs.

The team is keen to hear from any lo­cal busi­nesses or peo­ple who want to sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

Open­ing the Im­pact Cen­tre is just the be­gin­ning, Mur­phy says.

‘‘This is a start, we’re hop­ing with time things will build up. We’re go­ing to go with the flow and see what the com­mu­nity is want­ing.

‘‘It’s about break­ing the cy­cle and get­ting peo­ple out there. We’re just hop­ing it’ll be some­thing pos­i­tive for peo­ple’s lives.’’

The Im­pact Cen­tre is open Mon­day to Fri­day, 8am till 7pm.

Go to Face­book.com and search Trans­form­ers GYM or call 021 667 794.

Photo: LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

Start­ing up: Pesa Wil­son and Julie Mur­phy are ex­cited about the pos­si­bil­i­ties the Im­pact Cen­tre will open up.

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