More than 250 people, all dressed in different shades of pink, got together for a three-hour ‘Zumbathon’, to raise money for breast cancer, at Sefton Park’s Palm House.


The event is part of a Breast Cancer Awareness month, which has involved thousands of activities being held around the world to help raise funds to fight the disease.


The event, organised by Karen Salsaroja, attracted people of all age ranges and even a few men. Guests were asked to make a donation of £5 on entry and were invited to dance the night away with choreographers ‘Zumba Jammer Ayrshire’ and ‘Zin Nigel May’, along with many others.


Karen, the director of Salsa Liverpool and Zumba Merseyside, told JMU Journalism: “We gave people a break halfway through but many don’t use it. Zumba creates a natural energy 'high' due to the endorphins released, which lasts.


“With a group event such as this we find that three hours

goes really quickly. Plus participants can drop in and out

as their favourite tracks or instructors come on…events

like this with a bar are also social occasions and tend to

be very popular."


The zumba and salsa instructor described the atmosphere

as: "electric, If not a tad sweaty!"


Zumbathon participant Ashleigh Smith, 21, attended the

event with her mum, and told us: “It was amazing.I can’t

believe how many people have  turned up, and how long I’ve



After the dancing had finished at 10pm the after-party

continued through until midnight in the Palm House venue.


The event is said to have raised approximately £800, including those who donated to the Facebook page for the occasion.



Zumbathon raises money for breast cancer

By Anna Malone, JMU Journalism Liverpool Life

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