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MONTREAL, QC. — Melissa Milonow, a 23-year-old Habs fan living in Ottawa, is an athlete who’s not afraid of a challenge. After all, she was drafted to the CWHL a few years ago. She recently sought out local fundraising events that would allow her to do two things she loves: helping others and staying in shape. Next week, she’ll be doing both at a fundraising event in Ottawa.
The event I am participating in is called Bust a Move (For Breast Health) and it is a one-day fitness and fundraising event to celebrate and fight for breast health. “Bust a Move” was founded in Halifax in 2010 and has since raised over two million dollars for breast health programs.
The Ottawa edition of Bust A Move is being organized by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. It takes place on March 2 at the Ottawa Athletic Club and involves five hours of fitness sessions – yes, I will be working out for the entire five hours! Hour 1 involves dancing and stepping to rock style music; hour 2 involves dance routines with a Zumba flavour; hour 3 is a flow yoga class; hour 4 is a kickboxing and martial arts workout and finally hour 5 is Urban Dance.
Is this the first time you’ll be taking part?
Yes. This is actually my first time taking part in a fundraising event in general (that wasn’t part of school.) I made a commitment to myself at the beginning of this year to participate in cancer fundraising activities that also involved fitness and I happened to come across this one, on Twitter, I think, so I decided to sign up. Also, I never turn down five hours of fitness and the opportunity to meet [fitness guru] Tommy Europe!
What initially drew you to this cause and this event?
Cancer has affected family friends more times than I can count in the last few years, and this year it hit closer to home than I ever expected. While breast cancer has not directly affected me, it is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among women in Canada. The reality is that 1-in-9 women have a chance of developing breast cancer. This means that eventually, someone in my family or circle of friends could be diagnosed with it, and that terrifies me.
Do you have a fundraising goal? All participants have to raise a minimum of $1000 in order to be able to participate in the actual event. If you sign up and don’t raise the minimum requirement, you don’t get to attend the actual Bust a Move event on March 2. To be quite honest, I thought reaching $1000 would be easy, especially with all the connections I have on Facebook and Twitter. I figured even if half of my friends on Facebook donated $10 each, I’d hit the minimum fundraising requirement easily. Right now I am sitting at 80 per cent of the minimum fundraising goal and I would love to raise more than just the minimum.
Are you a hockey fan trying to make a difference or raise money for a good cause? We’d love to hear from you. Email erica(at)allhabs.net and we’ll be in touch!