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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.
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!
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