There’s a new party in town, one that was designed to help women combat breast cancer. Party in Pink is a global movement dedicated to raising funds to find a cure by hosting Zumbathon charity events around the world. Invermere is on board and will be hosting the fourth annual Party in Pink fundraiser at The Columbia Valley Centre with licensed instructors from across the Valley. The fundraiser was created to honour friends and family coping with the disease.
“It feels good to be part of this and it’s such a huge fundraising charity,” said Invermere Zumba Instructor Julie Parent. “Zumba is great for different levels of fitness and students can have an hour of freedom in their day; that’s what we do as instructors.”
Ms. Parent is spearheading the fundraiser this year, and mentioned the hard work and dedication of Sheila Tutty who passed away in late August. Ms. Tutty was a strong supporter of the campaign and was its former organizer.
“Sheila fought a long hard battle and this year’s fundraiser is in recognition of her hard work and dedication,” said Ms. Parent.
The goal is to reach $3,000,000 world-wide. So far, $2,093,000 has been raised through The Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention in Partnership with Susan G. Komen.
The organization was founded in 2014 and funds raised or donated go directly to the grant.
The grant researches the effects of flaxseed consumption on pre-menopausal women through studies and clinical trials.
“This is exceptionally promising, as flaxseed is an affordable, highly accessible solution to preventing breast cancer worldwide,” said Zumba Global in a press release statement.
The fundraiser is being held on Friday, October 13th at The Columbia Valley Centre from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Entrance is $10 with donations being accepted. There will be door and raffle prizes for guests.