Community bounces for good cause


CONSTANT CARDIO: Participants seen here during the seven hour sessions. Picture: SUPPLIED and KHUSELO MAHLATI

East Londoners took to the trampolines for seven hours of exercising fun at a Bounce-a-thon in aid of cancer on May 13 at Beacon Bay Country Club.

Hosted by NPO, The Cancer Connection, participants of all ages bounced on a low-impact trampoline called a rebounder while doing various exercises, led by instructors from Fit & Functional Personal Training Studio.

Not a traditional trampoline, the rebounder tackled people’s balance and coordination as they did aerobic movements to challenge all the muscle groups.

The Cancer Connection founder, Sam Ramsay, was overjoyed by the event’s success.

“It exceeded expectations, it was incredible and we are even talking about running one in Gqeberha next.

“All the money raised goes to the charities supporting men, women and children who are living with all types of cancer.

“The money raised here stays in East London. So wherever we raise funds, the money stays in that area and is spent on people with cancer in that area.

“I thank the people so much, for coming and supporting us, because it’s an event that no one has ever done before.

“People didn’t even know what we meant by bounce-a-thon and they didn’t even know what a rebounder was.

“We had to explain it to them and even though it was an unknown experience, people still came out to support us and had the best day doing it.”

Ruhinii Gooranah, who almost reached a whopping two hours of nonstop bouncing activity said she’d come back again.

“Compared to boot camp, it wasn’t as difficult, even though my heart rate shot up.

“I really enjoyed it. I’ve never done something like this before and it was a whole lot of fun.

“I’d definitely come back as it is for a great cause,” she said.


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