Donation brings gym group closer to its goal

February 07, 2018

(From left) Matt Kelly and Madeline Knight from Kelly Grains provide a donation to Finley Community Gym committee members Jo Kelly and Sam Armer.

The Finley Community Gym has received overwhelming support but it still needs more help.

Since the handover last month by former owner Ryan Locke, a group of dedicated locals has been trying to raise $50,000 to ensure the gym’s survival.

As well as donations from community groups and businesses, the Finley Community Gym has been selling memberships, with more than 50 sold to date.

Finley Community Gym Inc committee member Sam Armer said the support had been ‘‘fantastic’’.

‘‘The community has really jumped behind the gym,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s been a diverse range of people signing up, from young to old.

‘‘We’re hoping sales will continue go up and we can get a few more businesses and community groups on board to help us reach our goal of $50,000.’’

Once the initial goal is raised, the committee is confident yearly memberships will then cover ongoing costs.

The Community Gym was recently aided by a significant donation from local business Kelly Grains.

Matt Kelly from Kelly Grains said the business fully supported the gym, describing it as ‘‘a great asset for our community’’.

‘‘It’s promotes a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally; it’s a good outlet for the youth.

‘‘The committee is doing a fantastic job and showing great leadership in our town.’’

The gym will have a stall at the Timor Leste Immersion Program mud run fundraiser this Saturday, and at the Finley Modified Tractor Pull on February 17.

The facility is a not-for-profit community gym, with money generated being used to support the facility.

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