Zumba church ban lifted for charity event

A CHARITY zumba event is taking place in a church hall which previously pulled the plug on popular dance classes.

Instructor Janice Klemer will be supporting British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland in National Heart Month by getting involved with the Red for Heart campaign at Cairns Church in Milngavie.

She will hold a zumba gold class on Wednesday, March 7, from 12.45 - 1.30pm especially to raise vital funds for BHF.

There was a row last year when zumba classes at Cairns were stopped because of complaints about “excessive noise”. Scottish celebrity Elaine C. Smith, who attended the classes, criticised the decision.

The charity zumba gold class is billed as a “fun dance, fitness class adjusted for active seniors, those starting their journey to a fitter, healthier lifestyle, or anyone looking for a low impact class.”

Entry cost of £4 will be donated directly to the British Heart Foundation. Janice plans to hold her zumba gold classes every Wednesday, also between 12.45 and 1.30pm, after the charity event.

She said she is aware of what happened to the previous classes, but stressed that the church has given her sessions its blessing.

Janice said: “I wanted to get involved because I think the charity does great work. I am hoping to raise approximately £100 from this event for the nation’s heart charity in National Heart Month, but I can only do it with your help!”

Lisa Stafford, local fundraising volunteer manager at BHF Scotland, said: “National Heart Month is an important time for people in Scotland to think about their own hearts and of those around them. Our Red for Heart campaign is our way of raising money to continue saving lives. Thanks to Janice for going Red for Heart to help us to do this.”

GRAHAM MARTIN