In a bid to make swimming lessons and water safety accessible for all local families, the Wangaratta Indoor Sports & Aquatic Centre is hosting a number of fundraising activities during February.
All funds raised at the events will go to YMCA Open Doors – a local program that assists local people in need to access facilities and programs at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports & Aquatic Centre, that will help them to improved their health and wellbeing.
Activities planned for the month include:
- “I wish I was a Rock Star” themed week in group fitness classes from 19 Feb
- “Biggest Aqua Class” on 23 February
- Health Seminar for Older adults on 23 February
- Massage Tent at the Wangaratta Community Fun Run on 25 Feb
- Family Fun Day at Olympic Pool on 25 Feb.
YMCA Manager Maree Warnett said too often children and adults with disabilities or health conditions miss out on enjoying the water due to a lack of access to specialist swimming lessons, teachers, equipment and accessible pools.
“Swimming and learning to be safe around water is an important life skill, just like reading or writing, this is why we raise funds. It’s a core belief of the YMCA that everyone should have the right to enjoy the water, and to have vital water safety knowledge and skills.
“We are really looking forward to our fundraising activities. We love bringing the community together for some fun, dedicated to a great cause.”
“Next week we have a new event taking place in our Group Fitness classes which is ‘Rock Stars and Legends Week’. Our instructors will be theming their classes, dressing up and having some fun with it, and hoping to gather some donations along the way to YMCA Open Doors.”
On the 23rd of February, the YMCA will conduct its very popular Biggest Aqua class in which the centre tries to attract the most participants in an aqua group fitness class. This will be followed by a Health seminar “Preventing Chronic Disease”, conducted by physiotherapist Brendan Liddell.
Ms Warnett said the Family Fun Day on 25 February at Olympic Pool promises to be a hit with local families as it was last year. The day features a giant pool inflatable, waterslide, Body Balance and Aqua classes plus a free barbecue. Plus the crowd favourite – giant waterbomb competition.
“We hope the community really gets behind these events and helps us to raise valuable funds to support people in our community who need our help.”