Metro – BodyBreak! Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod on board for Saskatoon Bust a Move
By Jacob Morgan
The main floor of the Saskatoon City Hospital was bursting with energy for the launch of the first-ever Bust a Move in Saskatchewan.
Bust a Move is a fundraiser that began in Halifax four years ago to support breast cancer research. Teams get together to collect money while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
Volunteer chair for the Saskatoon Bust a Move, Penney Murphy, said that TV icons Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod are set to be in attendance on April 12, 2014 at the Saskatoon Field House.
“They are true fitness experts and wellness promoters and have been for years,” said Murphy. “We’re really excited to have them.”
In addition to being present at the actual event, Murphy said the pair would be popping up in media releases and promotions.
“They are on whole hog and will be here in all their glory,” she said.
Arala Gustafson, CEO of the Royal University Hospital Foundation, said Bust a Move is being put on in collaboration with the City Hospital Foundation and the proceeds will be split evenly between both organizations.
“We have for 28 years done the Hospital Home Lottery so we have a long history of working together,” said Gustafson.
The two foundations also have a partnership for medical procedures such as CAT scans and cancer treatments.
“Health care in the Saskatoon Health Region is not separate, so patients move through the system,” she said. “We’re a continuum of care.”
Although there is no set fundraising goal, Gustafson said she expects to see about 800 participants at the event.
One of the possible donation recipients, said Dr. Carolyn Flegg, is the Breast Health Centre at the City Hospital.
“A lot of equipment that is in the Breast Centre is there from when it first got up and running in 2006,” said Flegg. “So it’s getting on to be about seven years old, and like any piece of mechanical equipment, parts wear out.”