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Hearty rhythms drum up support

Getting in shape for the upcoming POUND for Your Heart fundraiser are (left to right) Jen Wheaton, Sarah Holmes and Bodies on Power owner Jo Gagné. The unique event takes place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre Saturday starting at 1 p.m. with partial proceeds going to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation. - Mark Brett/Western News
Getting in shape for the upcoming POUND for Your Heart fundraiser are (left to right) Jen Wheaton, Sarah Holmes and Bodies on Power owner Jo Gagné. The unique event takes place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre Saturday starting at 1 p.m. with partial proceeds going to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Marching to the sounds of many different drummers and raising some money for a great cause is the focus of the upcoming POUND For Your Heart event.

Organized by the Bodies on Power wellness and fitness centre, it’s hoped 200 or more people will participate in the one-of-a-kind activity which takes place Saturday, April 12.

Those who sign up will not only be helping themselves, but partial proceeds will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon for research purposes and to help those with heart-related problems.

According to owner Jo Gagné of Bodies on Power the two-hours is guaranteed to, “Get your heart pumping, body rocking and profoundly impacting the lives of others.

“This is a little of out-of-the-box way of doing a fundraiser that is good for your health, maybe not just for that day but in the future too and have fun too,” she added.

“We’re all a little bit of performers at heart and we love raising money for someone in the community. I decided before we opened five years ago that this would be part of our make up to help others.”

The POUND Rockout Workout program is actually something that came out of California that was  designed by a couple of drummers.

Using drumsticks, participants pound away on the mats while doing a variety of moves and getting plenty of exercise at the same time.

“We try to be cutting edge as far as classes go and find new ways to move,” said Gagné.

“I think that’s important for everybody to to have a little spice as far as working out goes so we don’t go into the doldrums.”

She added Bodies on Power is currently the only certified facility between Calgary and Vancouver offering the program.

Included in the afternoon entertainment along with the  POUND Rockout Workout will be  AfriCore with live African drums, Zumba, heart-centred yoga, and a live performance by award-winning singer/songwriters Aidan Natasha Mayes and Mandy Cole.

A number of area businesses have also donated prizes for participants.

Those taking part are advised to be dressed for a workout and be prepared to sweat.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with action getting underway at 1 p.m.

Tickets are available in person at Bodies on Power, 102-500 Vees Drive or by phone, 250-770-8303. Cost is $20 cash or $22 debit or credit card.

If there are any tickets left they will be available at the door however Gagné advises people not to wait.

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