Irene Dahl figured if she was going to organize a fundraiser for a cause dear to her heart, she might as well have some fun doing it.
Dahl is the primary organizer of this year’s Bust a Move for Breast Cancer, a charity event that was held on Saturday at Pope John Paul II School where participants took part in a Zumba session.
“Breast cancer is very close to my heart,” Dahl shared. “Last year I lost my young cousin to breast cancer, so I just want to get the word out there to try to raise money so other families don’t have to go through what we went through. Someday we will find a cure.”
The three-hour event was hosted by Pulse Fitness Studio, where there were five different instructors leading the floor.
Pulse owner Magdalena Dziekonski said the vibe of the event makes it attractive and fun for participants as they raise funds for a cause that has touched nearly everybody in the community.
“I think it’s just the whole atmosphere, the fact that you can raise money and dance for three hours,” Dziekonski said. “I know there are a lot of people that have lost either relatives or friends to cancer so it hits close to home for a lot of people.”
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Those taking part gain pledges, with no minimum account required to step foot on the floor. The first year of the event showed the success of the event.
Last year’s inaugural event raised over $10,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society while providing participants with an opportunity to cut loose.
On site was Highlights for Hope, as they provided put in pink hair highlights to participants looking to wear their support for breast cancer awareness.
The event also helps introduce people to Zumba, a fast-growing fitness movement, without committing to a class or feeling out of place.
“We find a lot of people come out to it because it’s a lot of fun,” Dahl said. “It shows how strong we are as women, and we’re trying to get more men out to join us in Zumba. Just the whole fitness idea and staying strong and healthy is also another side of fighting the cancer.”
This is not the first foray into fundraising for Pulse, as they have twice hosted similar fundraisers for colon cancer.
Each time they find there is no shortage of people willing to raise money to dance.
“Zumba has grown so much, even in the last year, in Thunder Bay that so many people are happy to participate in these kind of events,” Dziekonski said.”
“It’s really great how we all come together and we’re all fighting for the same cause. It makes us really strong and it makes the bond stronger too.”
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