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Pictured (L-R) are Jane Degray, greeter; Christal Bowen, Zumba instructor; Lynn Groulx, program coordinator, Heart and Stroke Foundation Fit, Jump and Big Bike; Val Bowen, event coordinator; Sharon Dixon; greeter.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Participants in a local Zumba class raised their collective heart rates, last night, in honour of Heart Month.

It’s a “party in red” said local Zumba instructor, Christal Bowen, who led the charge at Nativity Hall, donating all proceed from the class to the local branch of Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The class usually has 120 – 150 participants on a regular basis, explained Bowen who looked forward to surpassing past amounts raised, of over $2000.

Bowen, who has been hosting this event, annually, for six years, says that they always have a really good turnout on the events. “Everybody comes together for the community.”

Not coincidentally a good fit for heart and stroke awareness, she describes the health benefits Zumba affords her. “I love it this is my stress relief it is my way of turning off the world and turning up the music and partying with the best people in town.”

Coming up, Bowen’s Zumba class will be participating in an all-day fundraising event, in support of a local family, the Tardiffs, who have been marked by the devastating disease, ALS.

The community will come together for Brian’s Day, at the Benson Centre, on March 8, with hockey, live music, silent auction, and Zumba for a “one-of-a-kind event,” said Bowen. “This is very near and dear to our hearts. It’s going to be awesome.”

For further information about the upcoming event, logon to Facebook, under Brian’s Day.

Organizations: Benson Centre

Geographic location: Ontario

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