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Staff yoga class raises more than $4,500 to help African women

Friday, 04 September 2009

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More than $4,500 has been raised by ECU staff so far this year for an African Charity through regular yoga classes, thanks to ECU Psychology lecturer Dr Mary Flaherty.

The money raised is more than enough to provide a midwife for a year for Dr Hamlin’s Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa which saves young African women from the debilitating health condition.

Less than six in 10 women in developing countries give birth with any trained professional, such as a midwife or a doctor. When complications arise, as they do in approximately 15 per cent of all births, there is no one available to treat the woman, leading to disabling injuries like fistula, and even death.

Fiona Peters Wellness Coordinator says that this exceptional fundraising effort is all thanks to Mary, who donates her time to run the classes for the charity.

“Not only is it supporting a good cause, but yoga is a great way to revitalize and relax."

“It helps to improve your muscle tone, posture and core strength; helps to ease back and joint pain; plus is an ideal way to de-stress,” she added.

If you’d like to help the charity, or just improve your core muscle strength or posture, the next six week course starts at Joondalup on Tuesday September 22. There are also classes running at Mount Lawley every Tuesday until 29 September (inclusive) and more are planned for later in the year.

Classes run from 12.30pm to 1.20pm and are suitable for all levels. Each session costs $10, or you can pay for all six for only $40.

To register email ECU’s Wellness Coordinator, Fiona Peters.

For more information about the charity visit www.fistulafoundation.org

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