Last September 16, 2017, The Assumption Parish Church hall was packed with energetic and high spirited people ready to have fun for a great cause. Now in its fourth year, the event was aptly called ZUMBATHON, a fundraising activity geared towards helping the poor through ANCOP Canada.
The one-and-a-half hour Zumba dance fitness workout was given by 12 amazing volunteer instructors from Ottawa who gave fun and high energy workout opened to all ages willing to donate any amount for ANCOP Canada.
Rhea Rivilla, an active member of Couples for Christ (CFC) Ottawa began the whole idea when she became a licensed Zumba Instructor in 2014. During her birthday, she wanted to do something special, something charitable and meaningful to give back to others all the blessings she is receiving. As a Zumba Instructor, she thought that a Zumbathon event will be a great way to advocate for good health, promote active lifestyle and at the same time raise funds for charity, especially for ANCOP. The event is planned and executed with her loving family and dedicated CFC brethren.
The first ever ANCOP Zumbathon was in 2014, with just a volunteer Instructor helping out Sis. Rhea. Then year after year, the instructors became bigger in number with this last event having 12 volunteer instructors who strongly believed in the great cause of ANCOP!
The event started with a short video presentation about ANCOP followed by a short pep talk from Sis. Rhea Rivilla how it is it to be a child sponsor. She encouraged participants to grab a form and read through all details from the ANCOP website. The event had 80 participants generating almost $1,000 from generous donors.
Sis. Rhea hopes and pray to have a bigger crowd next year for another Zumba party… a simple act of love means bigger hope for the children.
(Contributor: Rhea Rivilla, CFC Ottawa)