[A] Cumbrian Crossfit club’s charity workout made it all the way from Workington to Wellington, New Zealand, as members raised money for a fund set up to help take care of baby triplets who’s Mother passed away over the Christmas holidays.
Coaches at Crossfit No Ego, based on the Salterbeck Industrial Estate in Workington, managed to get other fitness clubs across the world, including some in New Zealand, to join in the fund-raising fitness event, which took place on the 7th of January.
The original idea was proposed by John Wilson, owner and Head Coach at Crossfit No Ego at Salterbeck Industrial Estate, Workington who wanted to do something to help with fund raising. Rachel Park passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday 27th December 2016 leaving behind Husband Steven and Daughters Poppie, Mollie & Evelyn.
“We were all saddened to hear of the death of Rachel Park over the Christmas Holiday, especially after the brilliant news of the Park triplets being finally allowed home after all three received life saving treatment during their long stay in hospital,” said Wilson. “And so I said to the other coaches that we should do something!
“Usually for these sorts of fund-raising events, a workout would be created and the members would do the workout and donate, then there might be a cake sale to raise a little more and the funds would be passed on to the cause or charity.
“But our coaches thought this deserved more, something bigger. So they got in touch with any and all of their contacts in the Crossfit world. Other local gyms, gyms further afield that had athletes in that the coaches knew or indeed had competed against. They got in touch with other coaches, people that train the coaches and anybody else they could think of to either help out, perform the workout over the same weekend or just promote the idea to their contacts.
“Social media also played a big part and as a result, gyms from as far afield as New Zealand pledged to do the workout and donate what they could,” he added.
Crossfit No Ego had to put an extra session on to allow the athletes to take part that wanted to help, and as a result, money is still coming in, pledged from all over the world, via the link being used by the family and friends of the Park family to raise much needed funds.
“The workout itself was tough; even seasoned athletes from across the country found it hard going. But everybody that took part dug deep, if they felt they were going to quit, they remembered why they were doing it and carried on to the end,” added Wilson. “At the moment, we can say Crossfit No Ego alone has raised £329:38 from the event.
“The oustanding response by the Crossfit community, local, national and international is an amazing thing and something that Crossfit No Ego is happy to be a part of and can’t thank those that took part enough.”