Brodie Gibson

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... and help us change the world for thousands of children. The funds we raise will help UNICEF to complete the Lega and Yelam Gej multi-village solar-powered water systems in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

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My Updates

So many positives.....and a little bit of negative

I wanted to share a few litte things through this page after a very successful few days in my local club as well as travelling to the NSW South Coast to spead the word about Workout for Water in order to raise a few extra dollars and inform others of this fantastic cause.

The total amount raised from the weekend was much more than I expected. 
After opening the donations tin, my husband and I counted $270 donated from Fernwood Gungahlin and OneLife Batemans Bay. With this massive donation, I believe that I have reached and passed the $1000 USD goal! This doesn't show on my page just yet as I need to deposit the cash in to the bank this week. I will be reaching out to another club I instruct at this week to see how far we can go and how wide we can spread the word. 

Although I have had such a great response from my clubs, I actually had a couple of individuals questioning me as well as the cause.
At first, this upset me a bit and I think its due to me feeling so passionately about raising funds for the children of Ethiopia. The first comment I received was that I was silly for trying to raise money for anyone in a "place like that" because its just an ongoing problem that they need to fix themselves. I asked why. The answer - The women are the problem for having children so this is the real problem. I disagreed and asked her not to donate.

The second comment I received was out of, what I thought was, unawareness and being so caught up in where we are right now and the lives we are so privileged to live. The comment that was made went along the lines of this: If they need water, why don't they just wait for their rain water tanks to fill? I had to pay for water this week, so why don't they just wait too?
After I explained the situation and where the money was being raised for, this individual did not know where Ethipoia was or the conditions that families in the Amhara region face daily.

I try not to get caught up in the negative comments as it takes away from what we are doing here with WFW. However, I believe by speaking closely with these individuals, I was able to allow them to understand my point of view and what my goals are. 

What do you say to people who react like this?
How do you react?

For me the best way I have been able to respond is to listen to their point of view and ask if they will listen to what I have to say.
It is with these, often, little steps that we can make big differences in not only our lives but inform the lives of others in order to create a better life for those less fortunate.

Please donate generously if possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

- Brodie
 

Hello there!

My name is Brodie. I am 28, I live in Canberra, Australia and am a VERY passionate BODYCOMBAT® Instructor!

After (many) years of being a back-row participant, I slowly crept in to the front row and now have the privilege of sharing my love and passion for the program through being a certified Instructor. It is the best thing ever!

My first ever BODYCOMBAT® classwasin my Step Father's gym, Better Bodies Moruya, on the far South Coast of NSW. I would watch my mum attend these weekly classes and sneak in the back row "underage" at 11 years old. My first experience was the launch of BODYCOMBAT® 15 in 2002. Still to this day, my Mum's all time favourite track is 08-BC15: Ride on Time.
This was the era of sound effects, hand wraps and some pretty trendy flared pants! And a little before Dan and Rach took over.

Since then, my classes became more consistent as my love of the program grew. My occasional sneaking in to the back row became two weekly classes up until I left High School in 2009. I now teach four classes a week in Canberra.

I have seen many changes to BODYCOMBAT® over the years and enjoy seeing the new innovation each quarter. I feel like the new music and choreography excites me and challenges me to push myself to become a better Instructor, not just for me but for the participants standing in front of me each week. Recently, I have also been able to push my regulars to challenge themselves more.

How am I adding a little extra to my donations?

For each of my members that attempt just one of the "harder" moves, I will donate $2 per person. This week, over two classes, I have had 10 participants attempt a split knee. Thats $20! Over the four weeks of AUgust, we'll see how broke I am! (Money to be donated at the end of August)
For any class I cover in August, all wages earnt will be transferred to WFW at the end of August. So far I have three covers lined up.
I have also had another friend offer her class wage if I attend her early morning RPM® class. A very easy way to get me to RPM®!

So, if you are reading this post, please donate.
Clean water is something that is so readily available for us here in Australia, but something Children in many areas across the globe need to work extremely hard for. Lets all chip in and help these children and their families have the luxuries we take for granted every day!

Please give generously smile

- Brodie

Thank you to my Sponsors

$400

Anonymous

$300

Anonymous

A combined fundraising effort from the ladies at Fernwood Gungahlin and the ladies and gents at OneLife Batemans Bay. As well as cash donations from some of the girls in the SL2 North Canberra Eagles Hockey Team.

$200

Anonymous

$150

Lani And Tom

$80

Les Mills Asia Pacific

$80

Brodie Gibson

$70

Ryan Hogan

Donating what would have been my class fee from yesterday's BP class. Go Brodie!

$50

James, Will, Gav, Jo

I got the kids to raid their give jars (Jo and I matched it)

$50

Janice Dreyer

$50

Brodie Gibson

For all of the ladies who attempted a split jump knee in the BODYCOMBAT® classes this week! Thank you for challenging yourself and continuing to challenge me!

$50

Andrea Hateley

Congratulations Brodie! What incredible commitment to this cause. Hope to see your capoeira lunges posted soon 🙂

$50

Cathy Colthorpe

$50

Carrissa Digby

You go Glen Coco!!

$50

Deb Rock

Thanks for coming to RPM!

$25

Likhasinh Sayasane

Go Brodie!

$25

Marita Sellick

Keep up the hard work

$25

Miriam Cohen

$25

Karen Devenish

Good luck!,

$25

Fiona Mcconochie

Such a worthy cause! Amazing effort!!!

$25

Tegan Higginson

Awesome cause, go Brodie!

$25

Julie Pope

Great effort Brodie. What a fabulous cause.

$25

Meg Prime

Way to go Brodie! You are amazing! xo

$25

Kristy Thomson

Awesome job!!!

$25

Claire Cronin

$25

Amanda Breen

$25

Donna Joce

Good luck Brodie!

$25

Bronte Hanson

$20

Juliette

Well done Brodie!!

$20

Anonymous

$14

Dan Cohen

You’re amazing for taking on this challenge and here’s a small donation to get your fundraising party started. You’ve got this.

$10

Jess Oyston

$10

Amanda Breen

$10

Stephanie Jackson

$10

Judy Hancock

$5

Claire Giannasca