NORTH DELTA – To raise awareness and money, people at Seaquam Secondary rode spin bikes for five hours on Thursday afternoon.
The first annual Seaquam Spin-athon saw teams of current students, former students and teachers pedal for 80 kilometres from 3 to 8 p.m., raising approximately $2,000.
The money will be used to transform an unused classroom into a new fitnessoriented facility. Part proceeds will also be donated to the Laura Szendrei Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which created a scholarship at Kwantlen Polytechnic University exclusively for Delta students.
P.E and Family Studies teacher Amy Serres, who helped organize the event, said the event was less about being able to create the facility and more about the importance of promoting physical activity at Seaquam.
“We have a huge weight room that we use as a teaching facility and a lot of kids use it after school, but we wanted to have an area where kids could go to do TRX and spinning,” she said.
The school is hoping to raise enough money to buy spin bikes and hold afterschool spinning classes.
“It’s just a way to get people more active and think about alternatives to traditional sports.”
The school plans on hosting more events like this in the future to get students involved with fitness and to be able to continue to donate money to charities in the area.
“We don’t want this to just be a onetime thing,” Serres said. “We just wanted to make it a fun vibe where kids will be talking about it, and it’s something we can carry on through the years.”