Fight fire with fitness: gyms partner to raise money for Australia brush fire relief

By: Ellie Romano

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RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) – Gyms in Rhode Island are coming together to raise money for brush fire relief programs in Australia in a campaign called “Fight Fire With Fitness.”

The number of gyms involved continues to grow, but here is a list of some of the original participants:

  • Hard Knocks Boxing – Coventry
  • Enerje Fitness – Johnston
  • Top Strength Project – Pawtucket
  • Burn Boot Camp – Warwick
  • Atomic Kickboxing – Cranston

ABC6 caught up with the owners of Burn Boot Camp, where a sense of community is paramount.

“We’re constantly trying to get out there and give back,” said co-owner Julie Mckenna Alavian.

When the brush fires broke out in Australia, the owners immediately wanted to help.

“We’re all friends with people in Australia,” said co-owner Tory Holmes. “It’s heartbreaking.” 

The devastation of the Australia bushfires has been nothing short of catastrophic: over 15 million acres of land burned, at least 25 dead, and one billion animals feared dead, according to an estimate from ecologists at The University of Sydney.

“It’s horrible. It’s tragic,” said Holmes.

To lend a helping hand from far away, participating gyms will hold special workout events the weekend of January 25-26.

“On Sunday, January 26th, we’re going to hold two charity camps. One at 9:00 a.m. and one at 10:00 a.m.,” said Mckenna Alavian. “So you come in, it’s $12 for our members, $15 for non-members. 100% of the proceeds will go towards fighting the fires in Australia.”

Proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES Wildlife Rescue.

“If anybody can help in just a little way, I think that’s the best thing you can do,” said Holmes. 

Details on other gyms’ event information can be found here

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