Evening Bootcamp with Fit By Francis

In the process of fundraising for Samuha (so they can buy therapy supplies, splinting materials, and pay local rehab workers wages), I’ve been reaching out to the various networks from different areas in my life. I’m excited to collaborate with a long-time friend (since Grade 2 in our small hometown of Kitimat, BC!) to generate awareness for my quest to improve the quality of rehabilitation for special needs children in Koppal, India.

Francis Dos Santos of Fit by Francis is generously donating his time and years of personal training expertise to hold a Bootcamp class to help fundraise for my Indiegogo campaign, Dollars For Development. Come get an amazing workout during the holiday-party season, network, and help to make a difference in these children’s lives!

Francis has been dedicated to building his clientele and fine-tuning his approach to training and fitness over the past six years. He focuses on functional movement training (which, as a physiotherapist, I love!) using a variety of equipment and techniques, so we are extremely lucky to be teaming up with him for this event!

There are only 13 spots left!
Please RSVP to Andrea at andrea@kidsphysio.ca
Admission by cash donation please 🙂

Hope to see you there!

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Taking Care of Business

42 DAYS LEFT! We’ve checked off the most important things on our to-do list:

– Fill out paperwork and consult at the Vancouver Coastal Health Travel Clinic to ensure all of our immunizations are up-to-date: Check.

Purchase DukOral to arm us (as much as possible) against the inevitable traveller’s diarrhea: Check……. But we’ll get sick anyways. Boo.

– Search frantically on every discount flight website out there for the best deal on flights to Bangalore…Thank you kayak.com! Simultaneous online bookings to ensure adjacent seats – Boom. Check.

– Take stoic (mugshot) photos, get confused at the Indian Consulate, and wait in multiple lines to obtain our travel visas: Check.

Andrea to find a locum to cover her overly-full caseload at Kids Physio Group so her clients continue to receive steady physio treatment during the 5 weeks that we’re away: Check. Thank you Susan Moriarty for being so keen!

Now… FUNDRAISING! Our Indiegogo campaign is well on the way, raising money to purchase therapy supplies, equipment, and ensure employment of the local rehab workers. Currently we’re at 25% of our $5000 goal. Several sponsors such as Valley Orthocare and SportMed have stepped up to donate splinting supplies and exercise equipment, respectively. Wow – so encouraged by the support and generosity of local businesses!! Thank you also to all of our friends, colleagues, and family who have spread the word about our cause so far 🙂

Sportmed logo Valley Orthocare logo

If you haven’t yet, please be sure to check out Dollars for Development at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dollars-for-development/x/4806314 . Please help us make a difference in South India!

Introducing… Maegan Mak!

I’m thrilled that I get to travel to India and work at Samuha with my dear friend, Maegan! Read on to learn a bit about her background, as well as her thoughts on our upcoming adventure…

“I am SUPER excited to be going to Koppal, India with Andrea. Currently, I’m a second year physical therapy student at UBC and will be graduating in November 2014. I have an extremely diverse background: I first obtained my Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary, then went on to get my Bachelor of Kinesiology at UBC.

I began working at Kids Physio Group in May of 2011 and have been intrigued with pediatric physiotherapy ever since! I first met Andrea in the summer of 2011 when she began volunteering with Kids Physio. We quickly became friends and as soon as she told me about her placement at SAMUHA I knew I wanted to have a chance at the same opportunity.

I love working with children and am excited to finally have a pediatric placement with Andrea. I am looking forward to challenging my practical skills by working in an environment with different resource availability, limited English and with therapists who have different backgrounds and experience. I am eager to share my positivity, enthusiasm and fun-filled physio games with the children!”

– Maegan Mak