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Spin4Kids draws 1,000 to Paradise

Local event inspired 64 more across the country


Published on March 4, 2017

GoodLife Kids Foundation executive director Lisa Burrows said St. John’s is always the highest fundraiser in the Spin4Kids event.

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GoodLife instructor Michael Ladha hops to it during a Spin4Kids session in Paradise Saturday.

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Dr. Dick (Spinning Doc) Barter works up a sweat during the GoodLife Spin4Kids fundraiser Saturday in Paradise. Barter organized the first event six years ago, and it has since spread to 64 other communities.

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Sixty-four communities across the country have risen to the challenge issued by the St. John’s area, but six years after the first GoodLife Spin4Kids fundraiser, the enthusiasm displayed here remains unmatched.

About 1,000 participants from Mount Pearl, Paradise and St. John’s made some noise at the Paradise Double Ice Complex Saturday for this year’s fundraiser. In a dark gym with loud, energy-inducing music, teams took part in one of eight 50-minute spin sessions led by GoodLife instructors and were treated to performances by youth groups onstage.

GoodLife Kids Foundation executive director Lisa Burrows said St. John’s is always the highest fundraiser in the Spin4Kids event.
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Lisa Burrows, executive director of the GoodLife Kids Foundation, said other communities have stepped up, but St. John’s has consistently been the biggest fundraiser.

“The goal this year is to raise $150,000,” she said Saturday. “They always have the most people. There is no party happening anywhere else like there is in St. John’s —but they are trying.”

After a million was raised last year across the country, this year’s national goal is $1.2 million.

The object of Spin4Kids is to use the money to promote physical activity for children. Some of the money is used for the GoodLife for Kids school program, which brings GoodLife coaches into schools to do fun fitness activities. More is donated to existing programs that offer ongoing physical activity for children with special needs; a recent local recipient was Easter Seals.

About 1,000 people participated in the GoodLife Spin4Kids fundraiser Saturday at the Paradise Double Ice Complex.

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The Coastal Dancers perform for participants in Saturday’s Spin4Kids event at the Paradise Double Ice Complex.

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The sixth annual GoodLife Spin4Kids fundraiser took place Saturday, with about 1,000 people taking part in the Mount Pearl-Paradise-St. John’s event.

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The Statoil team put in a 50-minute workout Saturday for the GoodLife Kids Foundation at the Spin4Kids fundraiser in Paradise.

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