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Bermondsey Zumbathon raises money for Jamie Oliver’s Food Foundation

Three Bermondsey Zumbathons took place on June 4-5 to raise funds for Jamie Oliver’s Food Foundation to support exercise and healthy eating.

Erwin de Jong Oliveira, a Zumba instructor, was inspired to help people develop a healthy lifestyle after running a weekly class.

He did this by running three hour Zumbathons where people exercised to music.

Erwin said: “My main Zumba class is on Tuesday night on a council estate in Bermondsey, where I have had a steady group of participants in the last five years.

“Each week most of them turn up and take part and all they really want is to have fun. However, participants have struggled to have a healthy lifestyle.

“I can see how they could create such lifestyle for themselves through exercising, drinking less and make structural changes to their diet, but I see they struggle to achieve that for lots of different reasons.

“We had about 20-30 people come along in Bermondsey. We managed to raise managed to raise £420 for Jaimie Oliver’s Food Foundation. A lot of them were my regular group and it was good.”

To take part in Erwin’s classes very Tuesday from 7-8pm at Setchells and Longfield Tenants Hall, email edjexercise@gmail.com

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