When looking for a fun service project that would have a positive impact on the community, McPherson College student Kylee Martin turned to her background in dance and came up with the idea of a Zumbathon.

McPherson College Student Activities Board will host its first-ever Zumbathon from 8 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Lakeside Park to raise money for the Giving Hope Cancer Fund, established by Home State Bank through the McPherson County Community Foundation. All of the $15 registration fee to participate in the event will be donated to the fund.

Martin, who is a member of SAB and a licensed Zumba instructor, said this was always something she has wanted to do.

“I have been involved in other service projects and it’s just such a good feeling to give back to the community,” she said. “I’ve been doing Zumba since I was a freshman in high school and after I got licensed as an instructor, I thought this would be a fun project to try.”

Participants can register online or at the event on Friday. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, snacks, beverages, prizes and three hours of Zumba. Other local and alumni Zumba instructors will join Martin in leading the routines. Booths will also be set up at the event including one for children to make their own t-shirts. The event is open to all ages and all levels of Zumba participants.

“We just hope lots of people will come out and support us. I hope it will catch on and be something we can continue for years,” she said. “Come out, get moving, and have some fun.”

To pre-register for the Zumbathon, go to Zumba.com and click on “find event” then go to Zumbathon Charity Event in McPherson. The event will be located at the northwest end of the park across from the water park. In case of bad weather, it will be held in the McPherson College gymnasium.

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