Spirit of volunteerism was alive at the “Zumba for JDRF to Cure Diabetes” which brought together families, friends and strangers in one evening of fun dance fitness.
In total, the event raised $2,735 from entrance and auction tickets sales and donation which was donated directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Event drew about 150 attendees and was held at the Maples Collegiate in Jefferson on August 18.
The retro themed masterclass brought to life disco music of the 70s, 80s and 90s on the dance floor.
Speaking at the start of the event, lead organizer Tracey Rigaux thanked everyone who came to support and mentioned how the funds will help JDRF in accelerating research and finally find cure and treatment for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
Tracey’s seven year old daughter Sammy (diagnosed with T1D when she was just 17 months old) and her brother Luke and two other friends led the excited crowd in an opening dance number.
Sammy is the Manitoba Ambassador for juvenile diabetes and is just one of the many children affected by this auto-immune condition.
Sammy’s dad Norm and brother Luke and the entire family and some friends from JDRF came in full support of the event.
The masterclass fundraiser was a collaboration of Zumba Instructors (ZIN) spearheaded by Leah de la Cruz, Jing Latigar and Shirley Batac of Zwaggers, Cecilia Goulet and Daisy Villegas together with a powercast of Winnipeg’s finest ZINs who selflessly shared their passion in dancing. Boyet Nicolas of Nicolas Sound provided music and sound.
Event also coincides with the second year anniversary of Zwaggers.
Food, door prizes and items for auction were all donated by local businesses owners and community supporters that include Phoenix Agritech, Type 1 Diabetes families and friends, Bakerite, Jimels, Jocri’s Windows and Doors, Casarap Restaurant and Grill, Salakot Restaurant, Myrna’s Cafe, Dennis and Mary Castaneda, Gilbert Gamurot, Michael and Anstacia of Winnipeg fit Body Bootcamp; and Judyanne Jaime, Madel and Arlene Samaniego, John Zumba and Rhyz Aco for ticket giveaways. And of course, credit to food committee volunteers who took care of refreshments for the attendees.
To everyone who supported, donated and has been part of this momentous event, maraming salamat po!
Big shout out to event’s official photographers: Chito Sta Brigida, Boyet Nicolas and John Michael.