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Pop quiz, hot shot:

Q: What is better than getting amazingly fit with the help of an award-winning trainer?

A: Getting amazingly fit with an award-winning trainer at 50% of the normal cost.

 

Q: What is even better than getting amazingly fit with an award-winning trainer at 50% of the normal cost?

A: Getting amazingly fit with an award-winning trainer at 50% of the normal cost…..and helping a beautiful family get out of Syria and settle in Canada.

 

Here’s the back story:

My friend Laura-Jean Bernhardson is the owner of Fresh Collective, a funky clothing store in Toronto.  She is also a mum.

Like all of us, she is devastated by the pictures of Syrian families trying to escape circumstances that most of us can’t even imagine.

Last January, Laura-Jean took action and organized a clothing drive,  where newcomers to Canada could try on and pick out a week’s worth of clothes as well as free winter gear. The initiative received some well-deserved media attention:

 

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From a CBC story about Laura and some fellow volunteers.

And the publicity led to her getting a Facebook message from a stranger named Ramia.

Ramia is a mother of four living in a tent on the Syrian border who is desperately trying to get her family to Canada.

Ramia also contacted other Canadians who had been in the news for helping refugees: Siyar Abu Hantash, of Canada Today Arab news, and Zarah Tinholt, an advisor to Refugees Matter in Vancouver.

With limited English and patchy internet in a Syrian refugee camp, Ramia managed to connect these three random Canadian activists and implored them to band together and advocate on her behalf.

Which impresses the hell out of me.

…and makes me think of what I would do to get my kids out of danger and to a safer place.

Ramira's kids: Mohammed (11), Ghiyath (10), Sham (3) , Zein (2),

Ramia’s kids: Mohammed (11), Ghiyath (10),
Sham (3) , Zein (2),

So when Laura-Jean put a call out to fellow business owners to help her sponsor this family, I said I was in.

And I hope you will be in as well.  

For the rest of July, I will offering all new Bootcamp memberships at 50% off to raise money for Ramia to come to Canada.

So:

  • You get a 50% discounted membership.
  • You get access to award-winning trainers, a meal plan designed by a holistic nutritionist and a month of fun, effective workouts.
  • You get to help someone who really needs a break right now.

Just go check out our Bootcamps, select the one that is right for you and use the discount code: TEAM RAMIA

the sunrise over Christie Pits in late summer

the sunrise over Christie Pits in late summer

 

 

FAQs:

Is this only for new clients?

This deal is for any new client or any previous Bootcamper whose membership expired more than 6 months ago.

I’m one of your awesome regular clients and I’d love to help out. What can I do?

Please share this page with all of those friends of yours who have about two glasses of wine and SWEAR they are totally going to sign up for Bootcamp someday. Hold them to it! You’ll be doing them a favour because:

  • You know that Bootcamp is awesome
  • Now it’s mega cheap
  • It’s for a wonderful cause.

If you live out of town and have a few extra bucks, you can go to Ramia’s Gofundme page and donate directly there – with my thanks!

I’d love to try Bootcamp and this deal is sweet but I’m away for the next little bit. Can I buy now and start my membership later?

Totally.  Go ahead and buy your membership and then send an email to: info AT fitfeelsgood DOT ca and let Michele know when you’d like to start.

Is the 50% discount available for the 10 class pass?

No- just for the monthly membership.

Can I drag my heels and avoid committing and hem and haw and think about it forever?

Nope. We have a deadline to get Ramia’s family funded by August. The fundraising efforts (and the flash sale) will be over by the end of the month.

You know, it’s actually not that easy to get refugees to Canada. Are you sure you know what you are doing?

The community sponsor for Ramia and her family is Community Matters, which has over two decades of experience helping newcomers get established in the St. James Town neighbourhood of Toronto.

All the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. We just need to raise the money and get it into their competent hands . Hence the awesome flash sale. 🙂

Where can I learn more about Ramia and her story?

If you would like to learn more about Ramia’s incredible story, see the Facebook massages she sends to her sponsors and more pictures of those gorgeous kids, check out Laura-Jean’s blog and the GoFundMe campaign.

Where can I learn more about these Bootcamps you speak of? Like, are they super scary? Is someone going to yell at me?

No one is going to yell at you! You are committing to improve your fitness and help out a family in need. We love that!  You can learn more about why we were voted ‘Toronto’s Best Bootcamps’ and get all your questions answered on our Bootcamps page.  Once you’ve found the time and location that works for you, just click to register and at check out enter the discount code TEAM RAMIA to apply your flash sale discount.

BONUS:

The first 10 people to sign up for Team Ramia will also get a sweet ass Fit Feels Good burpee T shirt:2015-09-14 14.13.51

 

By | 2018-05-15T13:30:03+00:00 July 13th, 2016|Community, Healthy Living, Uncategorized|

About the Author:

Oonagh Duncan is a multi-award winning personal trainer and regular fitness expert on various media. She’s an acclaimed speaker in the corporate sector, educator for new fitness professionals and founder of Fit Feels Good, Inc.

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