Rise for a Cause with Yogathon

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X

The Art of Living Foundation is hosting their 5th annual Rise for Cause Yogathon in partnership with Care for Children at Victoria Park. The event takes place this Saturday and encourages Londoners to make a 25 dollar sponsorship to Care for Children, a program that helps fund children’s education in rural India.

Care for Children began building schools in rural India and discovered they were left empty because parents needed their children to help make their livelihood. Teacher and full time volunteer at the art of Living, Spencer Delisle explains that ” part of what donations to Care for Children and Yogathon donations will go to is really giving a job or giving an education to these parents so that they can get a job, they can sustain the whole family and the kids don’t have to work.”

The program builds their schools, pays their teachers, pays for their meals, transportation to and from school and offers the children a holistic education, Delisle adds.img_4332

When asked why they chose yoga, event coordinator, Belen Montefalcone says “yoga brings us together. Yoga actually means uniting and when we work together; we can accomplish amazing things.”

They have a number of sponsors who have contributed to the event this year. When you can attend you can enter raffle draws to win prize. For example, there are two chances at a 50 dollar Sportcheck giftcard, a yoga mat and towel from LuluLemon, a goodie basket from Starbucks, a gift from Curiosity’s Gift Shop and four passes to Junction Climbing Centre with harnesses and shoes included.

img_4496Last year the event brought out about 100 Londoners and they’re hoping that they can encourage more people to come out this year. ¬†Even though the event challenges attendees to do 108 sun salutations, you can do as many as you like and you do not need a lot of experience in order to participate. Both Delisle and Montefalcone encourage people to bring their families to spend a day with their community, get a good work out, eat and raise money for a great cause.

The event begins at 9 am.

All pictures from last year’s event courtesy of The Art of Living Foundation.

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