On Saturday I had the great pleasure of being an instructor for a Zumba fundraiser, that was raising money for The Fallen Angels Sickle Cell Foundation, a foundation helping those who have the sickle cell disease. Its a really great organization so when I was asked I didn’t hesitate to say yes. One of the children in my son’s school–(+millions of people) suffer from Sickle Cell Anemia everyday and we really need to find a cure!
The Zumba class was held all the way upstate so we had to cancel my normal Saturday morning class, in Brooklyn but like I said it was for a good cause so it was totally worth it (although I missed my regular ladies lots!).
I even got a new Zumba outfit JUST for the occasion, (sidebar: I really really love Zumba clothes, I can’t afford to buy them ALL so I simply just buy some for really special occasions or when something is deeply discounted! Even WITH my instructor discount, I can’t get the lot of clothes I want smh, I digress.)
After the long (but scenic travel) My girlfriend and I arrived and I was greeted with nothing but hugs and happy Hi’s. They were already so warm and friendly I just knew this was going to be an awesome class.
We finally got started and it was absolute magic, the class was super high energy, so much money was collected and there was a really great comradeship in the room. Some of the girls were really going for some of the moves and they were super surprised when I actually came next to them and forced them to squat lower and jump higher!
After 3 songs these girls were ready to call it quits. The hardest part about class was getting them back together after each song, everyone wanted to chat and drink water, ain’t nobody got time for that!
After our cooldown, the ladies was gracious enough to to present me with a bouquet of roses (wow!) as a thank you for volunteering to teach the class.
We all chatted gave some more hugs and went off to enjoy what turned out to be a really nice day in NYC (mid fifties! heatwave!). I had a really great time, and I would not hesitate to do it again!
Do you know anyone personally that is affected by sickle cell? Have you ever done an fitness event to raise funds for a good cause?