Goodlife records record haul

Participants from 219 GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada, including Vernon, raised $963,111 at Spin4Kids Plus 2016.

GoodLife Kids Foundation has raised a record amount to help Canadian kids get active.

Participants from 219 GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada, including Vernon, raised $963,111 at Spin4Kids Plus 2016.

The event, which is one of Canada’s largest single-day indoor fitness fundraisers, benefits GoodLife Kids Foundation with the purpose of giving every Canadian kid the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. The fifth anniversary of this event was marked by its best fundraising results to date.

“The community support for this event across the country has been inspiring,” said emergency room physician, GoodLife group fitness instructor and event founder, Dick Barter.

“Once again, we’ve witnessed thousands of Canadians coming together to provide kids with the opportunity to get active and lead happier and healthier lives.”

More than 7,500 GoodLife members, employees, partners and friends came together to spin, groove and move across eight provinces.

“We’ve had some very notable successes, both at some of our smaller and larger events this year,” said GoodLife Kids Foundation executive director Lisa Burrows.

“Funds raised through Spin4Kids Plus this year will enable us to continue to have a positive impact in children’s lives through much-needed physical activity programs.”

Funds raised through Spin4Kids Plus will go toward two key initiatives: the GoodLife4Kids School Program and the GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program.

To-date GoodLife Kids Foundation has helped more than 235,000 Canadian children live more active, healthier and happier lives. Currently, the foundation’s grant program is focused on providing ongoing physical activity opportunities for children with special needs. Following a successful pilot phase, the GoodLife4Kids School Program officially launched in September 2015 and is operating in 75 schools with continued growth on the horizon. The GoodLife4Kids School Program aims to inspire a lifelong-love of physical fitness among grade four students.

The school program is a partnership program with local schools where GoodLife4Kids Coaches help students learn early fitness skills. This program is offered at no cost to schools over the two-year partnership.