Centre plans on making quite an impact
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.
Starting up: Pesa Wilson and Julie Murphy are excited about the possibilities the Impact Centre will open up.