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Training pays for fundraiser

There was a bit of blood, a lot of sweat and certainly some tears at F45 Training Masterton [F45] as they hosted the Mahi for Mental Health fundraiser last Friday and Saturday.

F45 studios around New Zealand held the event for F45 members, businesses and individuals to complete a goal of 538km on row, bike, and ski erg machines – one km for each New Zealander who lost their life to suicide in 2022.

The considerable effort on the various exercise machines was accompanied by 3500 burpees to raise awareness and funds for the ‘I AM HOPE’ foundation – a mental health and wellbeing charitable organisation.

“Following the monumental physical challenge, participants took on an incredible feat of completing 3500 burpees – one for every Kiwi who attempted suicide. This feat served as a sombre reminder of the depth of the issue and the importance of fostering a compassionate and supportive environment for those struggling with mental health,” F45 Training Masterton owner Cory Haeata told the Times-Age.

Participants knocked the numbers out of the park – collectively covering an impressive 800km in the physical challenge and 4880 burpees.

Haeata said many participants donated directly to the Mahi for Mental Health 2023 Give-A-Little page.

Meanwhile, the studio raised $735 from cash donations, which F45 intends to round up to $1000 for the I AM HOPE foundation.

“Being part of the special fundraising event Mahi for Mental Health was an incredibly moving and rewarding experience. The atmosphere was filled with warmth and empathy as individuals from diverse backgrounds shared their personal stories and journeys,’ Haeta said.

“These moments not only shed light on the importance of mental health awareness but also inspired everyone present to continue the fight against stigma and offer support to those in need.”

Haeata was blown away by the commitment and dedication displayed by everyone involved, including individuals and local companies from LW& Co, SASSFit, Optimus Fitness, and Innovative Advisory.

Eketāhuna Farm Meats and Eastwood Motor Group also lent a helping hand by providing resources and support to ensure the event ran smoothly.

“The fundraising aspect of the event was equally impressive because the generosity of individuals and organisations poured in to support mental health initiatives. The collective belief in the significance of this cause and the determination to create lasting change was palpable throughout the event,” Haeata said.

“Being part of this special fundraising event left me with a lasting sense of fulfilment, knowing that together, we had made a tangible difference in the lives of individuals battling mental health challenges.”

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