Volume 81, Issue 13
January 29, 2009

ZUMBATHON for Haiti Victims

By Kim Friel

Student Life Editor

With the current catastrophe in Haiti, people all around the world have come together to support the devastated country and to aid those who are struggling for survival. Washington College is hosting an event to give students and the community a change to help in a fun and effective way.

ZUMBATHON will be held on Jan. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Cain Athletic center and invites all to join for a three-hour dance party. All proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross to assist victims in Haiti. A suggested donation of $10 is requested and checks are preferred. The event will be an “open house” and is guaranteed to be an afternoon of music, dancing, Zumba demonstrations, and of course, fun.

Zumba is one of the most popular classes held here at WC, a one-of-a-kind fitness program which combines Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves that pack in an intense and fun cardio workout.

Aundra Weissert, who is well known to students as WC’s Zumba instructor and Assistant Director of Admissions for WC for close to two years, is very excited for the Zumbathon at the end of the month. Weissert was certified to teach Basic I level Zumba in May 2009 and has since then taken two additional levels of training to further her fun, and creditability, as an instructor. At least ten other Zumba instructors from the Eastern Shore will be in attendance to lead various dances from their classes.

“All of the instructors who have coordinated this event--beautiful, creative, wonderful women-- have been advertising to their various classes, sending press releases to carious newspapers and radio stations, and have posted signs all over each town to promote the event,” said Weissert. The group of instructors running the event on campus is not focusing on a specific dollar amount goal, but simply hoping to raise awareness for Haiti and for everyone to come out and Zumba for a good cause.

“The camaraderie that has developed between these instructors from all over the Eastern Shore in itself has been a wonderful success,” said Weissert. “I can’t even imagine how amazing it will be when we include students from our classes and also some new faces!”