For the 7th year in a row, gyms across the country hosted CF|24 events in support of Special Olympics Canada Foundation. The goal of this event is simple: to prove what a difference a day makes. CF|24 challenges Canadians to work out on the hour every hour for 24 hours straight to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
26 gyms across 6 provinces participated this year, with 750 people taking part over the course of the 24 hours. Gym owners spoke of an unparalleled feeling of community spirit, with members of all ages teaming up to take on this unique fitness challenge, all while raising $111,000 net for Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
No matter how many ‘personal best’s were set, the highlight of CF|24 was the same for everyone: meeting Special Olympics athletes. Each gym had 2 – 5 Special Olympics athletes visitors, who completed a modified workout alongside participants and shared their own stories from their involvement in Special Olympics.
For Simon Damborg, owner & coach at Raincity Athletics in Vancouver, his participation in CF|24 is ingrained in his gym’s culture. “We opened Raincity Athletics to show that we can all benefit from a functional exercise program, and this is just an extension of that, showing Special Olympics athletes that they too can be active and can enjoy exercise.”
“This event is the definition of inclusion and community,” adds Simon. CF24 has already made a lasting impact in Simon’s community and in others, as many CF|24 gym owners now offer weekly fitness classes specifically designed for Special Olympics athletes.
Congratulations to all who participated. We look forward to seeing CF|24 grow in 2018. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more, or to get involved!