Kerry’s own dancing with the stars Aidan O’Mahony Launches National fit4all Week and Expo
CARA has announced that they will host the first ever National fit4all week and National fit4all Expo. The fit4all week will run from the 8th May to the 14th May with the National Expo taking place on the 10th May in the newly opened National Indoor Arena.
The 5 times All Ireland winner and patron for fit4all Aidan O’Mahony and Operation Transformation Leader Chris Mc Elligott were on hand at the National Aquatic Centre to mark the announcement.
The fit4all week is a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities their families & carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community. Fit4all week also aims to increase awareness and build the capacity of leisure & fitness professionals in providing accessible programmes and facilities within their local community.
“Throughout the Fit4All week, we are inviting leisure Centres, fitness facilities, community halls, professional trainers etc. around the country to open up their centres and invite individuals with disabilities to participate in their programmes and to try out everything within their facility” – Brenda O’Donnell, Inclusive Fitness Coordinator Cara Centre
“Our National fit4all Expo, which is a free of charge event, will showcase a wide range of fitness classes, programmes and equipment in a bid to let individuals with disabilities and professionals working in the fitness sector know how easy it is to make inclusive opportunities available within their local centres or facilities. “– Niamh Daffy, Managing Director, Cara Centre
There will be a full schedule of classes throughout the day of the Expo, each highlighting the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, including classes hosted by Kris Saunders Stowe, the Founder of Wheely Good Fitness in the UK. Kris provides unique and modern fitness classes to wheelchair users and to the wider disability community.
The Expo will also pay host to an exhibition of services and products from companies, retailers and vendors working in the fitness sector. Each exhibitor will be highlighting their product or service with special focus on how it can improve or assist with the inclusion of individuals with a disability into their centre programmes.
Leisure Centres that are interested in participating in the fit4all week are encouraged to register their centre details at www.caracentre.ie/fit4all and any individual wishing to take part during the week can check out the list of active centres on our website www.caracentre.ie/fit4all