I just came across an interesting press release talking about what our Canadian friends are up to in support of arthritis research. “On Sunday February 27, 2011 thousands of Canadians will be bending and stretching in Power of Movement 2011, Canada’s largest yoga challenge in support of arthritis and autoimmune research.”
Since its inception in 2005, Power of Movement has raised over $700,000 for critical arthritis research and engaged thousands of Canadians in a celebration of movement, said the report.
“Our goal for Power of Movement 2011 is to top the one million dollar mark for research into these diseases which affect more than 4.2 million Canadians,” says David Prowten, Executive Director of the Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation, the organization behind Power of Movement. “Power of Movement gives people across the country a fun and accessible way to support life-changing research for arthritis and autoimmune diseases like lupus, vasculitis and juvenile arthritis.”
Throughout the day, large-scale yoga “mega-sessions” will take place in 12 cities across Canada including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Aurora, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.
“I’m very excited to be leading the Power of Movement mega-session in Vancouver for the third time,” said Kim Scarrow, studio owner and teacher at Moksha Yoga Vancouver. “I’ve lived with arthritis for almost 10 years now and I’ve discovered that both drug therapies and physical movements, like yoga, help me manage my chronic pain.”
“From its humble beginnings as a small grassroots initiative in a Toronto community centre almost five years ago, Power of Movement has grown to challenge Canadians in every corner of the country to take action for meaningful change in arthritis and autoimmune disease research,” said POM media consultant Sherline Joe.
Money raised will benefit arthritis and autoimmune disease research priorities across Canada through the Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation (AARCF) and the Canadian Arthritis Network.
The Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation is dedicated to research in arthritis and related autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal health, and advancements in orthopaedic surgery. Through Power of Movement, AARCF is committed to leaving fundraising dollars in each local community through the Canadian Arthritis Network.
My hat is off to all Canadians who will be participating in this worthy endeavor. I’m grateful that I can also participate in helping arthritis sufferers manage their disease on a daily basis. My ergonomic,comfortable UGLee Pen has helped so many already.