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Event combines fitness class, domestic violence awareness

Abilene Reflector-Chroncle - 11/29/2023

Nov. 28—A special Mixxedfit Master Class to benefit the Love Should Never Hurt toy drive will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Impact Sports and Fitness.

Carisa Huntwork, a Mixxedfit master educator, leads regular Mixxedfit classes, but once a year she hosts a special class to help raise awareness about domestic violence. The class is free, but this year she is asking participants to donate items for children who are caught in the middle of domestic violence situations.

"I called (the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas) and they said what they really would like are activities that mother and child can do together," she said. "Games, coloring books, things like that. These kids are in transition, they cannot carry a whole lot of things."

All donation will go to the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas for distribution as needed.

One of the requirements for Mixxedfit master educators is to have a class that supports a cause. The support could be through raising awareness, fundraising, collecting donations, or a combination of those things.

"I chose domestic violence because a friend of mine back in Washington was murdered by her husband," Huntwork said. "That is what prompted me to have the awareness class."

October, being domestic violence awareness month, was the perfect time to plan the event. The awareness component isn't just about violence, it's also about helping women find their voice and give them support when they need to move on.

"I feel like it's important for women to have a place to go," she said. "I was in a marriage that I felt stuck in because I didn't have anywhere to go. I think that's why my heart drifted that way."

Huntwork moved to Abilene this year and started offering the Mixxedfit classes at Impact Sports. She said the Dec. 2 class is open to anyone who wants to support the Domestic Violence Association or wanting to take the fitness class.

The event will start with a short presentation about domestic violence and how the donations will help people. Then, the fun starts. Huntwork said the class is open to anyone who wants to try out the dance exercise format of the class, and those who are already familiar with the steps and moves.

"We're going to have a 90-minute, maybe two-hour class with lots of guest instructors," she said. "There's people who are coming from Kansas City, there's a national trainer coming from Kansas City; there's people coming from Omaha, there's people coming from Wamego; there's people coming from Manhattan and Junction City to teach in the class."

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