Do­na­tion brings gym group closer to its goal

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The Finley Com­mu­nity Gym has re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port but it still needs more help.

Since the han­dover last month by for­mer owner Ryan Locke, a group of ded­i­cated lo­cals has been try­ing to raise $50,000 to en­sure the gym’s sur­vival.

As well as do­na­tions from com­mu­nity groups and busi­nesses, the Finley Com­mu­nity Gym has been sell­ing mem­ber­ships, with more than 50 sold to date.

Finley Com­mu­nity Gym Inc com­mit­tee mem­ber Sam Armer said the sup­port had been ‘‘fan­tas­tic’’.

‘‘The com­mu­nity has re­ally jumped be­hind the gym,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s been a di­verse range of peo­ple sign­ing up, from young to old.

‘‘We’re hop­ing sales will con­tinue go up and we can get a few more busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups on board to help us reach our goal of $50,000.’’

Once the ini­tial goal is raised, the com­mit­tee is con­fi­dent yearly mem­ber­ships will then cover on­go­ing costs.

The Com­mu­nity Gym was re­cently aided by a sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion from lo­cal busi­ness Kelly Grains.

Matt Kelly from Kelly Grains said the busi­ness fully sup­ported the gym, de­scrib­ing it as ‘‘a great as­set for our com­mu­nity’’.

‘‘It’s pro­motes a healthy life­style, both phys­i­cally and men­tally; it’s a good out­let for the youth.

‘‘The com­mit­tee is do­ing a fan­tas­tic job and show­ing great lead­er­ship in our town.’’

The gym will have a stall at the Ti­mor Leste Im­mer­sion Pro­gram mud run fundraiser this Satur­day, and at the Finley Mod­i­fied Trac­tor Pull on Feb­ru­ary 17.

The fa­cil­ity is a not-for­profit com­mu­nity gym, with money gen­er­ated be­ing used to sup­port the fa­cil­ity.

(From left) Matt Kelly and Made­line Knight from Kelly Grains pro­vide a do­na­tion to Finley Com­mu­nity Gym com­mit­tee mem­bers Jo Kelly and Sam Armer.

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