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Stretching for SOS

Yoga instructors Beth Sukha-Barker, Patricia Parsons, Jody Misak, Lynn Walters and Vicki Strom. - Amanda Oye photo
Yoga instructors Beth Sukha-Barker, Patricia Parsons, Jody Misak, Lynn Walters and Vicki Strom.
— image credit: Amanda Oye photo

Yoga practice and principles helped raise money for SOS Children’s Village at the annual Yoga for Hope fundraiser, at Minoru Sports Pavilion last Saturday.

“We’re using what we know best, which is yoga, to raise funds for foster children,” said Beth Sukha-Barker, who started the fundraiser nine years ago in Waterloo, where all proceeds go to HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre.

A yoga principle meaning “selfless service” explains why Sukha-Barker started the fundraiser and continues to hold it.

This is the second year that the fundraiser has been held in B.C. and the first year it was held in Richmond.

All money raised through pledges, registration fees, a silent auction and donations that are still coming in, will go to SOS Children’s Village, which helps foster children and vulnerable youth.

“The main goal [was] to raise money for SOS Children’s Village,” said Sukha-Barker.

The fundraiser was also an opportunity to “bring together the yoga teaching community,” she said.

There were eight different one-hour yoga classes over the course of the event, taught by eight different instructors.

Halfway through the day participants were served a vegetarian lunch, which included chili, vegetables and fruit, by donation.

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