Join the party at charity Zumbathon


Fans of the latest fitness craze are invited to hit the dancefloor next month, to raise funds for North East youngsters.

A three-hour Zumbathon will shake the Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton le Spring, on Sunday September 11 2011, between 1.00pm and 4.00pm, in aid of youth charity, The Prince’s Trust.

Participants can enjoy an afternoon of easy to follow moves to Latin rhythms, led by instructor Katie Symes and her team. Tickets are £5.00 for participants and £1.00 for spectators, with all proceeds helping young people into work, education and training across the North East.

There are some fabulous raffle prizes to be won on the day, including a three month gym membership at Lifestyle Fitness Freeman’s Quay, Durham and a Nintendo Wii console with Zumba fitness game, and spot prizes for those who really shake their stuff.

The event, believed to be the largest Zumba party the North East has ever seen, with 500 places available, has been organised by Darren Walker, a 35 year old customer collection advisor at
Northumbrian Water.

Darren is chair of the water company’s Million Makers team, which is currently competing with 80 other teams nationwide to raise as much money as possible for youngsters on The Trust’s Enterprise Programme in their areas.

Darren said: “The event is open to participants of all abilities and there will be plenty of help on hand, so people who have never been to a Zumba class before shouldn’t be afraid to come along and join in the fun.

"I got involved in Million Makers as I know how hard it is to be given a chance. I didn’t do that well at school, yet I now have a successful career. I want to show that given the help, people can achieve anything they want to."

Places at the Zumbathon are limited so people are advised to book their place as soon as possible. Tickets can be bought from Rainton Meadows area in Houghton le Spring, Lifestyle Fitness, Freeman’s Quay, Durham City, or from Northumbrian Water’s head office at Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham. Places can also be reserved by calling Darren Walker on 07500 272 020 or Louise Morris on 07792 763 720.

The Prince’s Trust gives young people the skills and confidence to find a job. Every £3.00 raised for the Trust will provide two weeks support for a young person, helping them find their first job.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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