SHOWING SUPPORT: Steve Hodgson and Phil Cutcliffe gearing up for the Lose for Life challenge.
SHOWING SUPPORT: Steve Hodgson and Phil Cutcliffe gearing up for the Lose for Life challenge. Inga Williams

Lose weight, gain help for the needy

CALLING all Greater Springfield residents.

Your community needs you.

The time has come for the annual Lose for Life Challenge, and organisers need your help to make this year's event bigger and better than ever before.

Participants pay $250 to sign up to take part in an eight-week weight loss challenge and then ask their family, friends or work colleagues to sponsor them throughout the remainder of the challenge, with the proceeds going towards charity.

Participants will form teams and work out at one of the gyms in the area who have signed up to train challenge contestants.

Since the challenge first began in 2008, participants have done a fantastic job in raising much needed funds to assist the not-for-profit organisation Westside Community Care provide food parcels for those in the community who struggle to put food on their tables.

With a rise in the number of people now reaching out to the organisation for help, they are hoping to smash all previous fundraising efforts by setting a new goal of $10,000.

Springfield Christian Family Pastor Phil Cutcliffe, who also works with Westside Community Care, said the money would go towards food parcels and vouchers to some of the area's most needy families.

"Each year we provide dozens and dozens of food parcels and food vouchers to be given to people in the community," he said.

"This year, you can help us help many people in the community by signing up to the challenge."

Ray White Springfield has jumped on board to sponsor the event.

With the start date looming, Ray White manager Steve Hodgson is calling on the community to put their hands up to help.

"We really need people in the community to start registering now for the challenge, which is set to run from September 27 to November 22," Mr Hodgson said.

"By signing up for the Losing for Life Challenge, not only are you are losing weight and helping your own life, but at the same time, you are helping other people's lives.

"It is a worthy cause and I encourage anyone who wants to make a positive change in our area to register their interest today."

For more information about the challenge, phone Westside Community Care on 3818 0921.



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