Toowoomba’s Complete Body Health and Fitness is encouraging everyone to Hop on for Hope Horizons on Saturday 10 March. The local gym has organised a 24 hour treadmill challenge with all funds raised going to Hope Horizons Cancer Wellness Centre.

The challenge will begin at 6am Saturday morning and conclude at 6am the following morning. Gym co-owner Ben Loxley says the fitness community is excited to stand behind a “wonderful local organisation” that embodies what the gym stands for.

“It has a very holistic approach centred around respect, professionalism, integrity, confidentiality and leadership – we instil those same values in our business so this is a relationship we’re very proud of,” said Ben.

The gym has been involved in a few of the previous initiatives of the Hope Horizons team and Ben hopes they will continue to enhance the relationship between the two organisations. 

“We want the Hop on for Hope fundraiser to raise awareness for the great work Hope Horizons does and at the same time raise some funds that will assist local cancer patients.”

The team from Complete Body Health and Fitness aren’t just supervising the event, with gym co-owner Ryan O’Grady saying the entire workforce has agreed to do the 24 hour challenge as a team.

“We are most certainly hopping on for hope,” said Ryan.

“We have four resident trainers at Complete Body Health and Fitness and we’ve committed to completing the entire 24 hours. It’s a big challenge, but our motivation is simple. All we need to do is think about the patients Hope Horizons is trying to help. When you think of the journey cancer patients and their families endure – running twenty four hours on a treadmill is really nothing.

“We want to be a part of the Hope Horizons family and do what we can to assist Hope Horizon’s ethos of enhancing the quality of life of the people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region throughout and after their cancer diagnosis,” said Ryan.

Complete Body Health and Fitness is encouraging everyone who can to join in the challenge, devoting whatever time they can. Individuals can register as a team or book solo to run or walk a 30 minute session beside the gym team.

“We’re so thankful to the team from Complete Body Health and Fitness for this wonderful initiative,” Hope Horizons President, Kate Beyer said.

“Every cent raised goes directly to our Wellness centre. Hope Horizons will have a team participate in the challenge and we hope to see many others there with us.”

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