World Hoop Day fundraiser today

Event to be held at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall

World Hoop Day will see Oceanside residents going round and round.

World Hoop Day will see Oceanside residents going round and round.

A hula hooping event is being held in Qualicum Beach today in hopes of bringing smiles to children’s faces around the world.

Cora Schiller, owner of Shasta Hoop Fitness is putting on a World Hoop Day fundraiser at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall November 11, from 1 to 3 p.m.

She said her event is one of thousands going on around the world to raise money so hoop supplies can be purchased for under privileged children in impoverished places around the globe.

There is a $5 entry fee for the not for profit event and a $2 charge to rent a hula hoop.

Hoops are available on a first come first serve basis and you are encouraged to bring your own hoop if you have one.

Schiller said all money raised will be used to take hoop making supplies to a refugee camp in Thailand.

The materials will be delivered in January and February by some friends of Schiller who will be traveling to the region with some circus performers.

 

“They will be spending time with the children bringing them joy and movement.”

Schiller said she has been hooping for over three years and she believes the movement is growing by leaps and bounds.

“I compare it to the peace movement of the ‘60s.  The hooping movement is all about fun and it is growing because it is for everybody.”

She said kids start to hoop as early as age two and while some people think of the hula hoop as a child’s toy, it turns out adults love using it and the health benefits from hooping are numerous.

Aside from the mood enhancing effects of exercise in general, the hypnotic motion of the hoop can inspire a sense of well being. Mental acuity also increases as the brain learns to manipulate the body in order to maintain the motion of the hoop.

“It works the left and right hemisphere of the brain,” Schiller stated, adding “The health benefits from hooping are profound.”

World Hoop Day, which started in 2005, is a registered non-profit organization that supplies hoop ambassadors with funding and hula hoops to distribute to schools, villages and camps around the world.

Hundreds of cities around the world participate in events supporting the organization whose vision is to engage hula hoopers on every continent in every major city by December, 2012.

 

reporter@pqbnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville 2020 annual report now ready for public feedback

Documents can be viewed online; comments or questions to be submitted before noon on July 5, 2021

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased in Parksville

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Emergency vehicles are parked outside of the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP investigate stabbing on Fourth Avenue

Two men were found with ‘significant’ injuries near Wintergreen Apartments

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Most Read