30 Minute Hit member Kerry Wagner is getting trainer Lynden Eftoda to do a station for her as part of the gym's Trainer Payback fundraising for SOWINS. For a $5 donation, a member can get a trainer to take one of their stations for them. The Penticton gym is doing all sorts of fundraisers as part of their Share the Spirit campaign. (Submitted)

Penticton gym throws its support behind SOWINS Share the Spirit campaign

Women’s gym 30-Minute Hit is hosting fundraising events, auction and popular Trainer Pay Back

A downtown Penticton women’s gym is throwing its support behind the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) this holiday season.

30-Minute Hit is doing several fundraising events, hosting a silent auction of gift baskets and doing hit camps with all proceeds going to Share the Spirit of Giving with SOWINS.

Trainers at the gym are going the extra mile too and the gym members are loving it.

For a minimum $5 donation, a gym member can skip a station and have their trainer do it for them.

“That’s definitely been popular,” said Hit owner Fernanda Martins. The gym incorporates boxing and kickboxing stations in a 30-minute workout.

For the Trainer Payback fundraiser, nothing is more fun than a little revenge, joked Martins.

“The Trainer Payback is so fun because it gives our members a chance to train their trainers and have a little fun revenge of their own.”

The fundraiser has already raised over $80 so far and there’s still a month to go.

When looking for a charity to support this holiday, SOWINS was the ideal fit.

“We asked our members for suggestions as well as researched for a few options and ultimately decided SOWINS would be the perfect fit for so many reasons,” said Martins. “It’s local women helping local women in need.”

So far the fundraiser, which just got underway two weeks ago has been going great, she said.

“We’ve received donations from members’ small businesses, local shops and we are donating a 30-Minute Hit goodie bag and six-month membership,” she said of the silent auction items to bid on.

Another fundraiser is Guys Night.

“Members can bring a friend, boyfriend, brother, father to experience the circuit and it’s usually so fun because they get to feel how hard our members work,” said Martin.

Members of the public are also welcome to drop off children and women’s gifts at the Front Street gym or make a financial donation there as well.

The fundraiser goes until the end of December.

The need continues in the South Okanagan for women and children, said SOWINS. Their transition house and secondary home are full with gender-based violence steadily rising since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

This year, private donors have offered to match people’s donations to the Share the Spirit campaign.

“We are so thrilled to have a couple of private donors along with the Penticton Foundry who have come together to match the next $30,000 donated to the Share the Spirit of Giving campaign,” said Danielle Goulden, executive director of SOWINS.

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