Time well spent on treadmill

May 02, 2017

Partricipant Alice Greenslade and Plus Fitness' Kalira Rowland.

A treadmill at Plus Fitness Shepparton did not stop running for 24 hours at the weekend.

The gym’s annual 24-hour walkathon fundraiser kicked off at 6.30am Saturday.

The fundraiser raises money for Give me 5 for Kids, which donates to Goulburn Valley Health’s children’s and adolescent ward.

Walkathon organiser Kalira Rowland said 22 people completed a stint on the treadmill, helping to raise $225.

‘‘We even had people who weren’t participating coming in who threw money towards it (the tally),’’ Ms Rowland said.

One participant, a 12-year-old girl, volunteered at all hours to jump on the treadmill when someone else was tired and could no longer walk.

‘‘She was brilliant, she fell asleep at the gym on some battle ropes at about 1am after she would have walked no doubt for 10 hours,’’ Ms Rowland said.

A mini market hosted by the gym inside Riverside Plaza, Kialla raised an additional $425 for Give me 5 for Kids.

‘‘We’re very proud, it’s the first time running the mini market and all the stall holders we can’t thank enough for jumping on board and putting their faith in us,’’ Ms Rowland said.

The market included a jumping castle, face painting and stalls.

Plus Fitness still has one more leg of its fundraising efforts left for this year.

‘‘On the 20th of May we have the Riddler’s Run.

‘‘That’s like a poker run with bikes and cars, but instead of just giving them their destinations we’re giving them little riddles to figure out to find them.’’

For information on the Riddler’s Run, phone Plus Fitness on 58231188.

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