Bootcamp raises more than a sweat for flood victims

Published 9:00am 18 March 2022

Bootcamp raises more than a sweat for flood victims
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

A group of fitness fanatics have come together to take part in a special bootcamp session to help raise money for families affected by the recent floods.

Personal trainer Leanne Oldfield held a fancy dress bootcamp with 30 participants at the Narangba Valley High carpark as a way for the community to give back to those who lost everything.

The event raised more than $1000, smashing Leanne’s original goal of $500.

Leanne will donate the money to GIVIT, an online donation platform, as part of GIVIT’s Storms and Flooding Appeal.

“It was a bit of fun with my beautiful clients, and if I can help a couple of families who were impacted by the floods then I will be happy,” Leanne says.

“We had a great turnout on the day, and everyone had a lot of fun.

“We had people dressed up as bumble bees, a giraffe, and even an inflatable dinosaur costume. That was entertaining to watch them run and do the workouts in.

“There was also lots of colourful tutus and 80s outfits.”

Leanne chose to rock her best Rizzo outfit from the movie Grease as her costume for the fundraiser.

See the gallery below for more photos from the fundraiser. 

Helping flood victims rebuild

With thousands of people losing their homes and belongings due to the February floods, GIVIT has asked the community to dig deep to help those affected get back on their feet.

The organisation, which is working in partnership with the Queensland Government, has called for donations of items, services and funds as part of the Storms and Flooding Appeal.

GIVIT National Manager Jo Beadle said it was important to register through the website as uncoordinated donations could hamper services on the ground.

“GIVIT works directly with councils, outreach teams, charities and community groups to identify exactly what’s needed to make sure people get what they need, when they need it.

“GIVIT.org.au is an easy and efficient way of donating directly to people impacted by this event, without overwhelming charities and frontline services on the ground.”

On the website, some of the donations people are seeking include vouchers for food, clothing, white goods and more.

Where possible, GIVIT also uses donated funds to purchase items from local providers to support the economic recovery of impacted regions.

Donate at www.givit.org.au/stormsandflooding with 100 per cent of donated funds received by GIVIT going to affected communities.

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