Classes take charity for a spin

Cycling class will raise funds for South Okanagan Women In Need Society

The Gym in Penticton is partnering with a spin class instructor to raise funds for women in need.

The Cycle for Change event will allow people to drop in to the indoor cycling class by donation during the month of November, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the South Okanagan Women in Need Society.

“An exercise class is the perfect place to raise funds for such an important organization like SOWINS — both are working to improve people’s lives and make a positive change,” said spin instructor Tracy Reis, who will be teaching the one-hour classes. Along with the drop in donations, Reis will be donating her wages for all of the classes to the cause.

Troy Adams, co-owner of The Gym, said the South Okanagan Women in Need Society is an organization that is close to his heart and the timing of the event is perfect.

“As we approach winter and the holiday season, the need to support organizations like SOWINS becomes more and more important,” he said.

Every year an estimated 1,100 women and children make use of the SOWINS’ Transition House and other programs to help them face domestic abuse. SOWINS is a charitable organization that provides safe shelter, counselling and support.

Cycle for Change classes, which aim to benefit SOWINS, are limited to 13 people per class. Anyone who would like to attend should call The Gym at 250-490-0901 to reserve a seat on the day of the class.

Classes run every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:35 p.m. until Nov. 30. Cycle for Change classes are suitable for all fitness levels. You do not need to be a member of The Gym to participate.