Try a new activity at Celebrate Wellness: A Community Benefit for Our Friend Pia Hall
By Cathy von Kintzel
SPECIAL TO THE COLCHESTER WEEKLY NEWS
Zumba! Yoga! Tae Kwon Do! Qi Gong! Meditation! Fitness classes! Belly dancing!
Have you ever wanted to give them a try?
Well, come on out on Saturday, Sept. 7 and ‘Celebrate Wellness’ at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. And, on a more personal note, come on out to financially assist our friend Pia Hall who was diagnosed with leukemia in late June.
As administrative assistant to the Town of Truro Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Hall is the well-known face and voice for the recreation centre and the department and far beyond. Anyone who has ever booked a soccer, football or baseball field in Truro, the track at the TAAC Grounds, or a special spot in Victoria Park, has spoken to Hall.
So, when users of the Douglas Street Recreation Centre learned of her illness, they quickly began making plans to use their talents to help her and her husband, Jeff, and young daughter, Emma, in any way they could.
The result is: Celebrate Wellness: A Community Benefit for Our Friend Pia Hall. It will be a daylong event featuring wellness classes, music, a yard sale and a silent auction.
Everyone is welcome to come to the centre to take a class and make a drop-in donation. They are also welcome to participate in a silent auction and check out neat items at a yard sale. Some silent auction items will be up for bids on Facebook too. Just Facebook search “Community Event to Benefit Pia Hall,” and you should be able to find it.
Here is the day’s amazing schedule, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 7 p.m.: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Fit with Friends workout with Heather Patton and Jodie Matheson; 9 to 10 a.m.,yoga with Jodi Mitchell;
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Zumba with Heidi Barbrick; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., mini-musicians class with Beth Terry; 12 to 1 p.m., Qi Gong with Jenny Blacklock; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Langille’s Tae Kwon Do; 3 to 4 p.m., Belly Dancing with Tennille Crossman; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Shambala meditation with Bridgette DeBoer; and 6 to 7 p.m., Yin and Yang Yoga with Knickolle Pitcher.
All of these instructors are donating their time to this event, and to say that Hall is grateful and overwhelmed by such community support is an understatement. She has many months of treatment and recovery ahead, including a bone marrow transplant in late September. Until then, she travels to Halifax every two days for blood testing and usually what she calls a “top-up” of platelets.
Her request to people who can’t attend the benefit, but who still want to help people in need, is to give blood. She never realized what a true gift it was, until now.
Cathy von Kintzel is the special events and culture co-ordinator Town of Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture.