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Fundraising can be daunting for those of you who are new to it. With this column we hope to give you ideas on how to raise money for the Walk for Wishes®, grow your team and have a great time!

Walk for Wishes 2014 is fast approaching! You’ve been working hard raising money, but are you and your team in shape for a high energy walk through the Philadelphia Zoo or strolling around City Island?

Our next fundraising tip involves some fitness and a lot of fun. The new workout craze is Zumba! Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that combines Latin American music and dance with a fitness routine perfect for getting in great shape. Be ready to move your hips and break a sweat by hosting a Zumba-thon for Make-A-Wish Philadelphia Susquehanna Valley!

Many local gyms offer Zumba classes for members. First, try approaching a gym near you to see if they would be interested in hosting a fundraising event. Try to rent the space discounted as well. Chances are, they have a large enough space and instructors ready to go.

Zumba is perfect because it is fun for all ages, so consider that when picking a time! You will want the optimal amount of people to attend your event. These classes tend to go from 45 minutes to an hour, but plan for water breaks! If you are using a gym with a certified instructor, see if one of their existing class times can be replaced with your Zumba-thon fundraiser.

If you cannot book a gym space, any large area with an outlet for a stereo or iPod dock will do! For example, find a field, parking lot, or school gymnasium. Finding a certified instructor is easy! Visit  and click on ‘Find an Instructor” to locate one in your area. You can also try to recruit an instructor from a local gym who will donate their time.

Now, you’re probably wondering why this is costing money, and not raising any. When you plan your Zumba-thon, be sure to set a registration fee for all who attend the class. Make sure the class is worthwhile by getting healthy refreshments for attendees such as water bottles. See if a local gym or store will donate them to your event.

The next step is to advertise! Reach out to friends, family, and the community through social media, flyers, and even a local radio station. Try to target both those who are already interested in Zumba and those who want to try something new and healthy! If you are able to use a gym or health club, use their resources to help you get the word out.

On the day of the event, make sure your guests know to arrive early to register and warm-up. Have the registration table set up and ensure that the music is working and upbeat! Meet with the instructor and any other employees beforehand to make sure you are doing everything possible for a successful Zumba-thon.

As always, we are ambassadors to Make-A-Wish Philadelphia Susquehanna Valley. In addition to the registration fee, place a donation box at the registration table with information about the organization. You might find people interested in helping your team and the organization in the future.

A Zumba-thon is a unique way to raise funds toward your team total, plus the added benefits of being active and spreading the word about Walk for Wishes.

Get up and get moving (and dancing)!

Walk for Wishes Countdown…

Harrisburg: 103 days

Philadelphia: 110 Days

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