Roanoke’s chapter of the Chi Omega sorority hosted a Zumba-a-thon event Saturday to raise money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Chi Omega raised over $300 towards Make-A-Wish from an hour of Zumba. In addition, Fruitions in Salem said they would donate .50 cents for every smoothie purchased Saturday to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
According to their website, The Make-A-Wish foundation is a non-profit organization that collects money and uses it to make wishes come true for children with terminal diseases. The cause is nationwide and represented on campus because it has touched some faulty, family, and Chi Omega’s sisters.
Zumba is offered regularly during the week at Roanoke College, but the two instructors, Nina Astrop and Lauren Furlow, spent their Saturday helping raise money for the cause.
Around 60 people filled Wortmann Ballroom, ready to dance up a sweat. The first song was relatively slow to ease people into adapting to the routine. Once everyone was comfortable, though, it turned into a dance party. Those in attendance seemed to forget it was a workout. Not only is Zumba a workout for the body but it is also a great way to release tension and let out some laughter.
In addition, the routines were easy to catch on to. Zumba uses the same steps throughout the song so it was easy to adapt too.
Chi Omega said they are working on setting up more “Fit For Philanthropy” events similar to this in the future with hopes that each will be more successful than the last.