Spin4Kids in Barrie

Money raised will be used to help kids with special needs get physically active

Working up a sweat today despite the chill in the air, as Spin4Kids is taking place at 100 GoodLife Fitness locations across Canada, including at42 Commerce Park Drive in Barrie.

The GoodLife Kids Foundation is hoping to raise $1 million to help kids with special needs get physically active.

“For kids with special needs, the path to getting active isn’t always as simple as joining the local sports team or signing up for lessons around the corner,” said Lisa Burrows, Executive Director, GoodLife Kids Foundation. “They might need adapted equipment or additional support and supervision. We want to help remove some of those barriers preventing children from living active lives.”

Spin4Kids participants will ride indoor spin bikes or take part in group fitness classes and lifting competitions for an hour or more throughout the day. You don’t have to be a GoodLife Fitness member to participate and registration is free.

Since 2012, Spin4Kids has raised more than $5.2 million. Funds have helped organizations in Canada offer adapted sports like sledge hockey, purchase modified exercise equipment, and provide one-on-one supervision to help kids with special needs feel comfortable and succeed.

The event in Barrie goes from 8:30 a.m. until noon.