As a new Greater Springfield business owner, the idea of Ashlea Giles sharing the story of her son’s battle with brain cancer was daunting however the mother of two had no reason to worry, with the Greater Springfield community coming out in force to support her Studio Pilates Springfield Central Hundreds for Hope charity fundraiser event. The inaugural event was an initiative driven by Studio Pilates International and inspired by the ongoing journey with the after-effects of childhood cancer for Nash – Mrs Giles’s son. Mrs Giles said while she was usually a very private person, sharing what her family had been through had been a healing and cathartic experience.
“The community here is so amazing – I’d really love to thank everyone for being so supportive and for raising much-needed funds for the Kids’ Cancer Project,” Mrs Giles said.
“Being new to the area, it was quite confronting having everybody knowing our story, but I was absolutely blown away by the way people rallied around us.
“96 people turned out on Saturday to our Hundreds for Hope event, and so many of the local businesses showed their support by donating prizes. It was really overwhelming!”
Studio Pilates Springfield Central opened in March in the heart of Greater Springfield’s Health City, located directly under the Quest Springfield Central Hotel and Apartments, and adjacent to the Mater Private Hospital Springfield. Springfield Lakes resident and Pilates lover, Juanita Montford, said she was excited to have Studio Pilates open in the area and to be able to support its alignment with such a valuable cause.
“Ashlea’s story really touched my heart, so I wanted to make sure I was part of this very special day,” Mrs Montford Said.
“I am so happy that Studio Pilates has opened in Springfield Central because it has some of the best Pilates instructors, and the owner Ashlea is so kind and really cares about the clients and their individual journey to health and fitness. “The studio is really beautiful, plus I have met so many wonderful people through training there; it’s got a great community feel.”
The Studio Pilates Hundreds for Hope charity fundraiser raised a total of more than $30,000 nationwide.
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