Angels Fitness Challenge 2016

Angels Fitness Challenge 2016

Angels for Orphans introduces their latest event for participants to hit their personal fitness goals while working together to raise money for children in Bali, Indonesia.

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Seven DB ladies competed in the Hong Kong-wide Angels for Orphans 2016 Fitness Challenge, improving their health and fitness and raising money for children in Bali at the same time.

For its Angels for Orphans 2016 Fitness Challenge, the charity has enlisted the help of six coaches across Hong Kong, including DB fitness trainer Claire Mas. These fitness pros have volunteered their time to train the (mostly female) teams to hit their personal fitness aims. The 53 participants were driven by the support of their team, motivated by their trainer and have the shared goal of raising sponsorship money for the charity.

Training with Claire

The eight-week challenge kicked off on April 17, and Claire was there to get to know the DB teams. She tested their endurance, took their measurements and then formulated her plan as to how to get them trim and healthy. “My hope is to motivate people who perhaps aren’t training at the moment and for whom the charity is a draw,” Claire said. “The people who contacted me are time poor and the incentive is the programme. It’s not about weight loss but about improving yourself.”

The DB contingent is made up of Jo Pilcher and Alison Price (Mission Slimpossible) and Katy Day, Rosalia Pico, Katie-Louise Daly, Candida Clemmow and Tania Pickett (Weapons of Mas Reduction).

Everyone was working towards the final assessment on June 11, at which the DB teams showed off the fruits of their endeavours. As Claire said: “The charity promotes health and happiness – we need to practise what we preach.”

An Angel’s motivation

DB resident Katie-Louise Daly was a member of Weapons of Mas Reduction, one of the two DB teams training that time with Claire. She said this about her aims and motivation in signing up for the Angels for Orphans 2016 Fitness Challenge.

“I’d been wanting to get back on the health and fitness bandwagon for a while, especially with my imminent summer wedding. However, being left to my own devices just wasn’t working for me – it was too easy to make excuses. When I heard about the fitness challenge, I knew that this was exactly what I needed to get me where I wanted to be: feeling physically fit and making healthy choices regarding food and nutrition, without feeling like I am depriving myself. The team aspect really appealed to me also – knowing there are other people in the same boat is great motivation. The fact that it was also an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause was the clincher.”

“The programme is a great incentive as it’s a win-win for everyone. When I researched Bali Kids, I was horrified to read about the daily struggles that young children have to face in Bali through lack of education and knowledge. As a passionate Early Years educator at Discovery Bay International School, I believe that all children have the right to be aware of how to make informed choices about self-care and healthy practices. Reading the statistics about the smoking rates among children in Bali made me want to make a difference. What better way to do that than raise money to kick-start an advertising programme to warn young people in Bali about the dangers of smoking and how it affects their health.”

“My aim was to raise enough money to make a difference, however small. Regarding the health and fitness aspect, I was working towards getting to a point where I didn’t think twice about making the best choices for my body, as well as feeling strong and healthy.”

The Angels Fitness Challenge raised over HK$250,000 – this money has been given to Bali Kids and will fund an anti-smoking campaign, pay for the salaries of two nurses for a year and a sum will be held for children that need emergency operations.  Thank you to all the trainers – Tim Stevens, Kin Ho, Warren Warner, Claire Mas, Alice Freeman and Nathan Solia.

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