Pinoy Zumba Lovers (PZL), a group organized by four secretaries and administrators of recruitment agencies in Kuwait, aims to create better awareness on fitness and health by opening its Friday workout to Filipinos and their friends in addition to encouraging attendance for an hour and half long regiment that includes body works and cardiovascular exercises.
The class, which convenes every Friday at Body Lynn Gym in Salmiyah from 8 am in the morning till 9:30pm, hit a hundred last Friday and expected to increase in the coming weeks.
Maripol Abdala, one of the coordinators of PZL, recalled the first session held at the small lobby area of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Faiha. “Less than ten people attended the first session and through the social media, we were able to post our regular classes and due to fun element of the workouts, more people became interested to attend and from such small place, Radisson Blu Hotel was generous enough to have allowed us to use one of its halls,” said Abdala.
PZL, which was under the patronage of the spouse of the Philippine Labor Attaché Gwen Chavez and with support from Welfare officer Norlita Lugtu and other officers of the department and in cooperation with few recruitment agencies launched its undertaking to channel the collected funds in aid of the children and distressed workers currently housed in the shelter. One of its initiatives was the purchase of pampers and milk for the children with money from the funds.
“For the month of August, we plan to save what we collect and hold a lunch program for our distressed workers in the shelter. Total amount collected each class is announced after the end of the session and half of it as per agreement goes to pay for the rent of the venue and half is for the fund for the PZL’s charity projects” stated Edith Hael, one of the coordinators.
Beverly Tonogbanua, in charge of attendance and collection, was overwhelmed with the recent turn-out of attendees. “The generous response of the Filipinos and their willingness to help is admirable. We have people coming from as far as Fahaheel, Mangaf, Riggai and other areas in Kuwait and some have to spend extra money for their transport just to attend the class. I believe this is more than Zumba, its more than exercising but their willingness to be a part of such great project,” added Tonogbanua.
- Ricky Laxa