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Burpee, noun, a physical exercise consisting of a squat thrust made from and ending in a standing position.

Consider yourself a bit of a burpee queen? Yep, believe it or not, there are some of us out there who just love them—or so we’ve heard!

Don’t believe us? Let us introduce you to two very such people, Pip and Eliza from F45 Training Queanbeyan and Ngunnawal. The two F45 Training gyms have joined forces in a massive burpee fundraising event to support the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) this weekend.

“We are so excited to be hosting this event and to support an incredibly important organisation in our local community,” says Director of F45 Ngunnawal, Eliza Rasic (pictured).

“We hosted a similar event after the bushfires and given we are in lockdown for a little bit longer, we thought we might do it again. This time we are keen to support a local frontline service. So fundraising for DVCS was a super simple decision.”

The event will happen this Saturday 25 September between 8 am and 9 am, online. Members from each gym sign up to represent their gym with members of the public then sponsoring the team to do a burpee (and hopefully thousands more).

“For every $5 raised by each team, someone will perform one burpee. Our members will take it in turns to ensure all the burpees are executed within the timeframe. And we’re talking about the proper chest to the ground with a jump with arms above the head type burpee, no cheating!” says Director of F45 Training Queanbeyan Pip De Vries.

Chief Executive Officer of DVCS, Sue Webeck welcomes this awareness and fundraising initiative.

“This is a great opportunity to remind people that services like DVCS are here to support you before lockdown, now and after lockdown. If you are impacted by domestic or family violence or worried about someone else, we want to support you. We are here, 24/7. We are really appreciative of the fundraising effort particularly as lockdown has impacted so many of our fundraising opportunities.”

Sue adds that “We are thrilled some of our DVCS Ambassadors are getting involved in this event. Alan Tongue (NRL) will be jumping—or should we say burpee-ing—online to show his commitment by contributing some burpees to both teams. We are also hopeful Christian Lealiifano [formerly of the Brumbies] might be able to get involved.”

“Together, we hope to raise more than $5,000. Which is 1,000 burpees across both teams,” says Eliza.

“We understand this will go a long way in supporting the increase in emergency accommodation DVCS are currently experiencing throughout the current lockdown.”

Love burpees yourself? The event is open to non-F45 Training Queanbeyan and Ngunnawal members too. If you would like to contribute some burpees, even if only ten, please contact F45 Training Queanbeyan or F45 Training Ngunnawal.

Or if you’re keen to purchase some burpees (like the rest of us!)you can do so via these links:

The event is up on the F45 Training Ngunnawal and Queanbeyan Facebook pages so you can tune in and watch the team get sweaty this Saturday 25 September.

If you or someone you know are impacted by domestic or family violence, we encourage you to reach out to DVCS on their 24/7 phone line of 62 800 900 or via their website:

HerCanberra is a proud supporter of DVCS ACT

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