IT’S a workout that’s grabbing the nation by the hips but at this month’s Eaglesham Fair weekend Zumba will be used to fight cancer.
Villager Martin Connelly is staging a special Zumbathon charity event at Eaglesham Park on Sunday, May 22, in aid of Cancer Research UK.
And the car salesman is aiming to attract 2,000 willing volunteers to shatter the current record for people taking part in a Zumba class — which stands at 1,200.
Martin told The Extra: “We’re kicking off the event at 1.30pm and I hope thousands of people will join what will be a fantastic chance to try Zumba and enjoy some full-on Latin partying.
“It’s just £5 to take part and every penny will go straight to the charity because we all know someone who has been affected by cancer.
“I wanted to do something that would encourage a lot of woman to take part — as well as men and children.
“Looking back on 2010 Zumba was the craze and still is so hopefully it will encourage people to come along.
“A number of rugby and football teams, as well as some senior teams, have said they will come”.
Opening the event will be Eaglesham resident Suzie McGuire from Clyde 1 FM.
And Martin’s employer Sir Arnold Clark is a major sponsor. He said: “We are delighted to be supporting the world record attempt for the most attended Zumba fitness class at the Eaglesham Fair weekend.
“I wish the participants all the very best for a successful ‘record attempt’ and hope they reach their intended fundraising goal for breast cancer”.
Rowan Main, area volunteer manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “Ground-breaking research would not be possible without the support of people like Martin.
“We are extremely grateful to him and to everyone who is generously supporting him by taking part in this super event”.
To find out how to register contact Martin on 07950 760 297, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eaglesham2011.co.uk.
The record attempt will round off what promises to be a fantastic weekend for visitors to the 2011 fair.
On Saturday, May 21, popular band Big Vern ’n’ the Shootahs will lead a night of celebrations following the main event.
Tickets for the evening entertainment, to be held in a giant marquee, are still available.
Call Lynn Kirkland on 01355 302828 to book (£6 adults, £3 children aged five to 16 and under-fives free).
The fun begin at 11am, with a colourful procession through the village by youngsters dressed as cartoon characters, all-women drumming group SheBoom and Harley Davidson motorbikes.