Curves, the UK’s largest women-only fitness club network, today announced that its 14th Annual Food Drive at Curves of Weymouth collected 231 pounds (105 kg) that will be donated to Dorset You First Outreach Service.
Throughout March, both Curves members and the wider community donated non-perishable foods in aid of this worthy cause.
This year, the Curves Food Drive collected a grand total of 93,587kg from thousands of clubs across Europe, which will be distributed to a local food bank or charity of each club’s choice. The UK Curves community were responsible for around 23% of this final contribution.
“Our members’ generosity is a true reflection of the Curves spirit and community,” says Barbara Hart-Varca, Owner of Curves Weymouth. “We are thrilled with the outstanding effort from our members and friends of Curves.”
Sarah Smith, Manager of You First, said : “Dorset You First Outreach Service find it really refreshing to see that Local Businesses are willing to support Local Charities and services and we would like to thank everyone involved for their huge efforts and it is greatly appreciated”
New Curves members also contributed to the Food Drive through a special promotion which allowed them to join for a …
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The Yellow Kite Café at Southsea Castle opened its kitchen this week to show young people how to cook a cheap nutritious meal for four people for less than the cost of a ‘Big Mac’.
The first dish on the menu was meatballs and pasta, with head chef John Brooks supervising the youngsters as they got to grips with the chopping and mixing. “This is as much about giving young people confidence in the kitchen as it is about learning recipes,” said John. “Good food doesn’t have to be complicated and it certainly doesn’t have to be expensive,” he added.
The scheme is part of a collaboration between Yellow Kite and You charity which helps vulnerable people from the South East. Each week young people will prepare, cook and eat a different dish and by sharing the experience with friends and families they can take the skills they have learned forward into everyday life. For many it was the first time they had cooked a meal themselves and they had no idea how easy it could be, tucking into the food at the end of the session with YK staff was a highlight and everyone just enjoyed the food.
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Thursday was International Women’s Day and, this year, YOU joined The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, students from Mayville High School and other members of the White Ribbon Group to raise awareness of issues around domestic violence and abuse.
As part of the commitment to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse, Deputy Chief Executive, Sally Hutfield and Assistant Director (Service Operations) were interviewed by students from Mayville High School around the challenges and issues of raising awareness of domestic violence and the approaches that can be taken to challenge abuse.
“On the Bridge is part of a global campaign aiming to raise awareness andbuild bridges for peace for women experiencing violence and abuse across the world,” said Sally, “this is the second Portsmouth event planned in partnership between White Ribbon Portsmouth and Solent Feminist network and we’re very proud to be joining in solidarity with women around the world.”
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