Want to do yourself and the community some good? Sign up for classes with the Moffat Farm Cycle Club. Launched last December at 430 Rahul Crescent in the Moffatt Farm area, this club provides indoor cycle classes with 100 per cent of proceeds going to charity. The first cause that stands to benefit is The Candelighters. Through June 1, all money raised will go to its childhood cancer support programs.
There’s no downside to pedaling at this local spot. A home-based spinning studio, Moffatt Farm features 21 high-end spin bikes and a modern vibe, plus plenty of incentive to get fit and give back.
Owner and head instructor Vivek Kumar is the stepdad of a leukemia survivor, so it was for him to choose The Candlelighters to receive funds from the first six months of operation. Proceeds are also being donated in the name of Refuse to Lose, Team Bryce, in honour of a boy who battled a rare form of leukemia and passed away at age seven.
For Vivek, the initiative is a win-win. Just a few years ago, he had high blood pressure and a lot of weight to lose. Knowing he needed to make a change, he bought a bike in 2009 and started training for Ride the Rideau, a one-day road cycling event to raise funds for cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Not only did he manage to cycle the 100 kilometres, he also collected over $1500 for the charity. Two years later, in 2011, he became a certified indoor cycling instructor, and since then he’s been sharing his love of cycling with students while keeping himself in shape.
His Moffat Farm Cycle Club offers six group classes each week, at $5 per class. They run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. All ages are welcome, no experience is necessary and online booking is available.
The other instructors are Celine Filion and Denis Giacobbi. As the founder and managing partner of Executive Fitness Leaders, Denis is donating his time, resources and experience to the club and the community. In its first three weeks, the club’s classes raised $1000 and the Moffatt Farm team hopes to raise over $1000 each month to benefit local charities.
For details, see www.moffatfarmcycleclub.com or call 613 663-4667.