Zumbathon held in aid of Autism charity

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Around 50 people turned out for an evening of dancing fun at a Zumbathon event recently to raise funds for a local autism charity.

The dance-based event was held at the Fraserburgh Leisure Centre on Friday, March 28, in aid of the Ellon branch of the National Autistic Society.

The idea was the brainchild of a Fraserburgh parent who wanted to raise funds for autism by bringing eight local Zumba Instructors together for the two-hour fund-raising event.

Volunteer Branch Officer Gail McKeitch also supported the Zumbathon event at the Leisure Centre.

The Zumba instructors generously donated their fees to the National Autistic Society as part of the fund-raising effort.

Numerous raffle prizes were gathered and a Scottish based Zumba company also supported the event selling Zumba clothing and footwear on the night.

As a result of the Zumbathon, just under £400 was raised for the charity. The money raised will be used to cover the costs involved with delivering autism-specific Family Seminars.

Dates for delivery of parent training in the Fraserburgh area - which is expected to take place after Easter - will be available in due course.

As well as local support which is available at the Ellon branch of the National Autistic Society, support is also available through the NAS Helpline.

Volunteer Branch Officer Gayle McKeitch, who delivers autism-specific training to parents and professionals, said: “There were about 50 people there and I would say we had a really powerful, energetic night.

“The instructors were really good at motivating people, they really motivated and encouraged me to get involved.

“It was a real mixed group of people who attended. There were mothers who brought their daughters with them, which was great.

“The generosity of local people was fantastic.”

The NAS branch in Ellon is a small, parent-led charity and has been running for six years. It is affiliated to, but does not receive any funding from, NAS.

For further information about the charity, contact Gail McKeitch on 07880780686.