A new world record was set at Epping Sports Centre on 7 October 2012. 378 zumba dancers helped keep the party going for 15 hours beating the previous record by 2 hours.
The zumbathon was the brainchild of a group called Bodyshakers World Record Breakers. The main organisers, instructor Mel Shone (Mels Zumba), Kim Betts, Sarah Clarke and Christine Eyles had been preparing for the record attempt for months, with the help of many other members of Mel’s Zumba classes, their friends and family.
Everyone Active, who run Epping Leisure Centre, made the Zumbathon possible by hosting it and became the main sponsor. Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) became involved and listed this as their local ‘Make a Difference Day’. This year it focused on professional volunteers – the 12 zumba instructors all pledging their time to make the event possible.
Many local businesses, including Tesco’s Epping, Marks and Spencer Epping, Emson Haig Loughton and The Rotary Club, all contributed by donating goods or services.
Around 40 volunteers helped with registrations, stewarding, the tombola stall, and most importantly, to witness the event. Many others volunteered in between their dance slots to ensure the day went without a hitch.
Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Brian Rolfe came along and joined in dancing with instructor Mel Shone, and the largest session of the day with 95 people dancing.
Darren Couchman, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for Essex said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of the Body Shakers World Record Breakers. They have all given up their free time to organise this unique event and it was great to see so many people not just taking part but clearly having a great time, there was a fantastic atmosphere. It was estimated that this event would raise £1,500. So far the girls have over raised over £2,800 and this is still rising as their sponsorship monies come through.
Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.”
Even though the dancing has ended and the record is secure, you can still show your support. Visit the Bodyshakers website at www.bodyshakerswrb.weebly.com and donate via the link to just giving. You can also text your donation to ZUMB88 with the amount to 70070 – example ZUMB88 £5.