Merging the health benefits of yoga and the satisfactory feeling of supporting a good cause, the Yoga for Hope fundraiser has come up with a winning combination.
Gathering beginners and yogi experts for a day of fitness, flexibility and fun, the event lends its support to SOS Children’s Village BC.
Operating in 133 countries, SOS Children’s Village is an organization creating programs and opportunities to help vulnerable children achieve their potential.
The SOS BC village in Surrey is the only one built in Canada.
While the charity has been selected as a non-profit recipient for the second year in a row, this marks the first time Yoga for Hope is held in Richmond.
In addition, most recruited teachers are from Richmond and local celebrities Alexa Loo, an Olympic snowboarder and ambassador for SOS BC, and Miss Teen Richmond World Danica Tan have already confirmed their attendance.
“We have been around in the community for a long time,” said Leah Dullum, events and community relations manager at SOS BC, referring to Steveston’s thrift store and the annual SOS Children’s Village Run held at Richmond Olympic Oval Plaza.
“As a community event, Yoga for Hope is a great opportunity for participants to be involved in something that not only has endless health benefits, but also makes a difference in the lives of local children, youth and their families.”
Dullum said she believes the concept of the event also resonates with the work of the international organization.
“There are so many benefits of yoga, including a sense of calmness, and stability, which is also something we aim to provide to the families we work with. Overall, the event is such a wonderful experience with participants leaving feeling rejuvenated and inspired.”
Attendees can opt to attend a minimum of two yoga classes up to a full day of eight sessions. Classes for every level of expertise will be provided by different teachers, including Beth Sukha-Barker, creator of the event.
Yoga for Hope will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Minoru Sports Pavilion (7191 Granville Av.).
If participants choose to fundraise for SOS BC through the event, a minimum of $100 in pledges lets them enjoy their day of yoga for free.
To register, visit www.sosbc.org/yogaforhope/registration, or find out more on www.yogaforhope.ca.