Ex­er­cise rou­tine for a good cause

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

A Mar­garet River woman who needed to use re­cently learned sui­cide in­ter­ven­tion train­ing will host a group fit­ness class to raise money for Sui­cide Preven­tion Mar­garet River.

Zumba in­struc­tor and SPMR com­mit­tee mem­ber Meire de Mello said she re­cently com­pleted an Ap­plied Sui­cide In­ter­ven­tion Skills train­ing sem­i­nar, but never imag­ined she’d need to use that knowl­edge so soon.

“Like CPR train­ing, you hope and pray you never have to use those skills, but when the need knocked on my door, it was vi­tal knowl­edge,” she said.

Ms de Mello said the ex­pe­ri­ence made her grate­ful for be­ing a part of the SPMR com­mu­nity and she would host a Zumba class to raise money for the group.

“I de­cided to ex­pand my con­tri­bu­tion to this cause and in a sense bring peo­ple to­gether to cel­e­brate life,” she said.

“We all know the im­por­tance of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for men­tal health, so what a great way to pro­mote this con­cept than a col­lec­tive danc­ing party.”

Ms de Mello en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to come “dressed in their best flu­oro colours and brighten the night”.

The Zumba class is at 7pm on Thurs­day at the Re­cre­ation Cen­tre group fit­ness room.

The cost is $10 at the door with all pro­ceeds go­ing to SPMR. If you or some­one you know is think­ing of sui­cide, phone Life­line on 13 11 14.

Pic­ture: Sil­via Bus­setto

Re­cre­ation Cen­tre’s Chris John­son, Zumba in­struc­tor Meire de Mello and SPMR’s Geral­dine Clarke.

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