Spring Clean Up For a Cause
This year AK Fitness is fundraising to support the Covenant House, a local organization who provides a ‘House’ for street-involved youth.
Clean out your closets for the clothing (in good condition) you don’t wear and household items you don’t use and bring it down on the 14th to pass it on to a youth who can really use it!
Stay late and dance the night away!
Tickets are $10
(100% of ticket donation will go directly to Covenant House)
Where: ***St. Regis Hotel Bar 602 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC ***
When: Saturday June 14th 8pm
Can’t make it? Donations of any amount are appreciated, click here to donate to our fundraiser online
Contact us for tickets OR email: asma@akfitness Phone: 604.999.1853
24 Hour Relay – June 15th/16th 2013
Easter Seals 24 HOUR RELAY – How Much Did We Raise and Why We Do This?
There is much discrimination and unfairness in today’s society. What we need to keep reminding ourselves of is that no matter our race, age, gender, or capabilities, we are all living human beings. There are children who come into this world without a say in how their mental capacity functions, if they will be able to use their arms or use their legs. These are things many of us take for granted.
When I started volunteering at GF Strong Rehabilitation centre in Vancouver in 2005…
I was exposed to many people with obvious visible disabilities and also many people with not so obvious disabilities. Working with them in the gym to help them strengthen their muscles and joints, increase their heart rate on arms crank machine, or stationary bikes – I realized… their bodies have the same baseline requirements as everyone elses. Except these people are in the gym to try and fight for their bodies from further declining in function. I am talking about people ages 8-78, with a majority of the people I worked with in their mid-late thirties.
The conditions of many of the people included ABI (Aquired Brain Injury), Spinal Cord, Mental Health, or people with Congenital (born with) illness.
The types of equipment in there were mostly as you’d see in any other gym. Universal cable machine, bike, stepper, however there were many attachments and protective mechanisms to aid movements. An example would be a person would were cuffs around his wrist with a cable clip attached because he had no grip due to congenital rhematoid arthritis. My role would be to set up his equipment, set his weight, attach the clips, correct his posture, closely monitor and count his repetitions, watching the rest of the gym to make sure everyone is safely engaging in their exercises, strapped in to the equipment and it is adjusted properly.
Though my volunteer shifts were early in the morning while I was in university, everytime I finished my shift, I felt a sense of gratitude. As the years went on and the staff, nurses, coorindators, volunteers, and patients greeted me “Good morning Asma” in the hallways… I felt apart of their world. I continued volunteering at GF Strong until 2010. During Christmas time I have visited the centre to deliver cookies and milk to the inpatients, many of whom are watching TV alone in their rooms on Christmas Day.
I think there was an inherent part of me which wanted to continue to contribute to this other world that I was part of. Entering a team in to the Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay allows our team to raise funds to help send children with disabilities to a summer camp that nurtures their abilities and flourishes their physical and mental capabilities, builds their self-perception, self-confidence, and develops skills to help them integrate into society.
Our grand total in fundraising for this years Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay $4631.15.
Thank you to EVERY single one of you who supported this cause.
This is it folks, our final push to get you out to show your support for our 24 Hour Relay team!
Who: You and whomever you want to bring; Us and our entire 24 Hour Relay team.
What: Burger & Beer: $22 – proceeds go to the Easter Seals Camps / BC Lions Society
(Can’t make it? We will miss you! But feel free to show your support and donate to our team here)
Where: Charles Bar in Gastown
When: Saturday June 1st 7pm
Photos: Spring Fling 24 Hour Relay Fundraiser
To view the rest of the pictures visit our Facebook page!
“Spring Fling” 24 Hour Relay Fundraiser!!!
This years Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is around the corner. We are doing something a little different this year in terms of fundraising. Instead of having the usual Burger and Beer night, AK Fitness is putting on a Spring Fling!
Who: Young Professionals between the ages of 25 – 45
What: Cocktail Party. Dress nice, feel fit, ready to mingle
Where: Terracotta Restaurant – Gastown
When: Saturday March 23rd 2013 8pm – til late
How: $25 – includes cover and 2 DRINKS. $5 from each ticket is donated towards the AK Fitness 24 Hour Relay team
Want to invite another a friend or 2? Get on your computer/laptop and click here to get him/her added onto the guest list (invite only).
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Hope to see you there!
Questions? Feel free to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
AK Fitness @ The 24 Hour Relay
Our AK FITNESS team of 15 raised a total $4800 by participating in the 2012 Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay
Our first Fundraising effort was a great success. A Burger and Beer night at Forum Sportsbar was attended by about 100 friends, family, clients, and supporters. Our 50/50 raffle racked in $550 (pretty good considering there was 2 other fundraisers going on the same night)! As well our silent auction let people score excellent deals such as $100 iTunes gift card, Brunch for 2 at the Fairmont, sports nutrition Supplements, and a 6 Peice luggage set.
In total we raised $1250 that night!
Thank you to our donors: Todaysdraw.com, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Jubilee Travel & Travel Best Bets, and Holland Imports Inc.
Your support was GREATLY appreciated!
We also were given the honor of kicking off the event by leading the warm-up for all the starting runners:
24 Hour Relay Fundraiser – Forum Sportsbar
ISMAILI WALK Sept 2011 – Warm Up
AK Fitness takes pride in being a part of the Ismaili community who has strong community and charitable values. Asma has been leading the warm-up prior to the walks for 2 years.
ISMAILI WALK Sept 2010 – Warm Up