May 26 2010 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Anthony Murray, Peak Fitness 4U
AN Airdrie gym is hoping members can shed the pounds to make 10,000 of them for charity.
Peak Fitness 4U are challenging clients to get involved in a 10-week fundraising event in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Boss Anthony Murray is launching the charity project on Friday, June 11, with the scheme coming to an end on Saturday, August 20.
And he has set an ambitious target of raising £10,000 from an event that will see the gym donate money if members lose weight.
He said: “We think this is a great way for people to lose weight, get fit and help charity at the same time.
“I wanted to do something for charity with the gym and I’d like to raise as much money as possible.
“I’ve set a target of trying to raise £10,000 and while it’s going to be hard work, it’s certainly achievable.”
Fitness fans who agree to take part will have their weight jotted down on a weekly basis and will be given help to stay in shape.
The gym will donate whatever a slimmer loses in weight over a one-week period to charity, as well as initial payment fees for new members.
However, if a member puts on weight during a seven-day spell, they will be expected to cough up for charity.
Sponsor forms will also be available and a 12-hour sponsored cycle at the front door of the South Bridge Street fitness suite, on the first and last days of the challenge, aims to raise more cash.
A number of other challenges will be held as the gym work towards their five-figure target.
Anthony added: “Cancer Research UK was the first charity that sprang to mind when I was putting this idea together.
“I think everyone has been touched by cancer in some way.
“I’ve lost relatives to cancer so I wanted to try to do something positive to help.
“People can join throughout the challenge and we want it to be fun for everyone involved.”
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the charity challenge.