BCHS InterAct to benchpress for charities at fitness challenge

Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:38


BRISTOL - Bristol Central High School’s InterAct Club is inviting the public to join in the club’s second annual HOPE (Helping Others Passionately and Enthusiastically) Charity Fitness Challenge.

The event is planned for Saturday, March 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Healthtrax, 842 Clark Ave. Registration and breakfast start at 8 a.m. A $50 minimum donation is requested. There will be raffle drawings afterward.

Fitness instructors at HealthTrax have volunteered to instruct a dozen classes over a three-hour period. Participants are urged to sign up as soon as possible to reserve a spot in their choice of classes.

Last year’s event raised $9,300 and divided it among five local nonprofits: For Goodness Sake, a nonprofit that provides furniture and household goods to people transitioning from homelessness to independent living; EveryBunny Counts, which rescues and rehabilitates abandoned and neglected pet rabbits; Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach; Bristol Special Olympics; and Operation Fuel, which ensures that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance, said club advisor Kelly Monahan-DiNoia.

“For this event, we specifically wanted to select charities that are local, have no paid positions, and are run solely by volunteers,” she said. “In donating to such charities, our monies can go a long way. When the charity doesn’t have to pay staff, when volunteers are doing the work purely from love and the goodness of their hearts, our financial donations go exactly where we want them to go - to the population in need.”

Monahan-DiNoia said the sponsors this year are: Starling Physicians, “our platinum sponsor for the second year in a row;” silver sponsors: Tracy Driscoll Insurance & Financial Services, Teamsters Local 677, and McFee Foundation.

Breakfast comes from Harvest Bakery, refreshments are by Coca Cola, “and a special thanks to Diamondback Bikes for donating the Diamondback Haanjo for our raffle. This incredible road bike retails for over $600,” she said.

The BCHS InterAct club formed back in 1998 and is a junior division of the Rotary International Club. InterAct is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18.

“Each year, the club completes countless community service projects, both at the local and national and/or international levels,” Monahan-DiNoia said.

In addition to the Charity Cycle Challenge, the club’s activities include: the annual Powder Puff football game, the Mr. BCHS comic male beauty pageant, and The Great Pizza Challenge, she said. “We volunteer regularly at the Bristol Boys and Girls Club, Indian Rock Nature Center, and at the Bristol Senior Center.”

“Through these efforts, InterActors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of: Developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advancing international understanding and goodwill,” Monahan-DiNoia said.

She noted that over the past 20 years, the BCHS InterAct club has raised at least $8,000 per year for a variety of charities. In addition to those that have benefitted from the Charity Cycle Challenge, these include:

n The American Cancer Society,

n The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which honored BCHS InterAct in 2016 for donating more than $25,000 over the years.

n Rotary International, to provide polio vaccinations to children in Indonesia and Africa and to build two water filtration plants in Ghana.

n Plainville’s St. Philip’s House for HIV positive families.

n The Bristol Hospital Cancer Wing.

n The Bristol Boys & Girls Club Cambridge Park satellite club.

n The American Red Cross.

n Feed America.

n The Sandy Hook Fund.

n Protectors of Animals.

n St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

n The Connecticut Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

To register, or for more information, visit hopecharityfitnesschallenge.com. The first 100 registrants get a free T-shirt.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:38. Updated: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:41.