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Mon 26th Feb at 6:30pm
Mon 26th Feb at 6:30pm
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Mon 29th Jan at 6:30pm
12 GoodGymers, 3 big tasks, 1 huge difference made...what a way to spend a Monday!
We started off our last group run of January with a warm up and what turned out to be a slightly trickier than anticipated question - can you name a car with the same letter as your first name? Not an easy one for the 'Js' amongst us!
We took a good steady run up to the theatre, a little trepidatious about what we might find there as it had been quite some time since our last visit. It's been a few months since we've taken over the space outside the theatre charity with the plan of making it a sustainable, organic and productive garden which we can use to grow crops to donate. As we turned the corner we were pleasantly surprised to find that it hadn't been overtaken by weeds and the plants we had been growing were still fighting on!
The three main jobs were to weed and stake up the peas, dig a hole and plant our donated fig tree, and finally to finish off the path. Wasting no time at all we divided up into teams and got stuck in. There were a few challenges along the way. While Catherine was carefully crafting an amazing trellis, there were several issues elsewhere to overcome, such as how to make the brick path lay flat and where to dig the hole avoiding the roots from the huge apple tree.
But GGers are nothing if not problem solvers and after 45 minutes, the peas had been saved, the fig tree was standing proud and there was an incredible yellow brick road which proved we had brains, heart and courage and we were also well on the way to creating our own Emerald City!
We popped over the road to do our fitness session for the evening, setting up camp in front of a Michelin starred restaurant. I hope we didn't distract them from their truffles! Introducing some healthy competition into the session we started off with a game of tic,tac,toe to decide who went first. Then each partner had to do 45 seconds worth of a certain exercise before the second team member tried to beat their reps. There were some very impressive squat thrusting, tricep dipping and step upping, with everyone winning at least one round. Well done on a good full body workout.
Next week it's our first Monday session at Doddington followed by the monthly pub quiz, hope you can make it! There is also a session on Saturday to plant flowers at Garratt park which is looking very quiet at the moment. If you can make it, here are all the details.
Mon 22nd Jan at 6:30pm
Wast Not Want Not in Battersea is an amazing organisation which strives to save perfectly edible and nutritious food becoming waste and instead uses it to benefit our local community. They do this by collecting surplus food from nearby markets, especially at New Covent Garden Market, and save around 750-1000 kg of food every week from ending up in the bin.
They are having a major refurb at the moment, and plan to open up the zero waste hub again in March, so they need loads of help making sure its ready to go. That's where we come in! Our job for the evening was to help clear the shelves of glassware, pots and much more so that cupboards could be moved in to store items that needed to be locked away. The plan is that they will create a welcoming, efficient drop in centre for the community to use.
So, after a warm up and a discussion about whether sweet or savoury was better (and a side debate about the merits of chicken and maple waffles and sweet and salty popcorn!) we set off for the short run down to the charity.
We don't always know exactly what we'll be doing when we meet up with local legend Hadas, but we know we'll be kept busy! The first task was moving some very heavy kitchen equipment around the maze-like centre. Then we tackled our nemesis: the gazebo. We've had a bit of history with this particular structure, but last night I think we finally cracked it, figuring out how we can actually make it tall enough for humans to stand under!
Then came in the main jobs in question. Forming a human chain we got cracking moving everything off the shelves and setting up a triage station outside. Then the challenges came thick and fast. Balancing precarious trays of glass, shifting huge shelves over cabinets, avoiding falling over one another like a giant game of tetris. After a good stint we had managed to clear the area, pack up the items, create space and move the cupboards back into place. And all without one single las being broken. No mean feat! Well done to the super crew.
We just had time to do some optional fitness, which included 4 rounds focusing on cardio, arms, legs and abs. With four exercises per round we concluded with a tough abs finisher. Amazing work everybody!
Next week we have a session at the GoodGym garden, somewhere we haven't been in a little while so there will be plenty to do! Hope to see you there.
Tuesday 12th December 2023
Eavan Goodman has done their first good deed with GoodGym.
Eavan is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Mon 11th Dec 2023 at 6:30pm
It was our last group run of the year yesterday and what a Christmas cracker it turned out to be!
It had all the hallmarks of a brilliant evening. Lots of lovely new people to welcome, a really impactful task, and not forgetting some incredible cake!
With cake in tow, Catherine set off leading the walking group while the rest of us did a little warm up. We also discussed what we'd most like to find under the Christmas tree on the big day itself, with answers ranging from a set of travel cutlery to a mansion in Wandsworth!
With both groups arriving simultaneously at the Hebe foundation (and a bit of confusion where the actual door was), we were welcomed by Amie who explained the mission of the Hebe foundation. The charity was set up to support and nurture young people in the area, and at Christmas they put together boxes to donate to the most financially challenged families. With the cost of living crisis hitting hard this year, the number needed has gone up.
So we got cracking straight away. While two groups ran off to local supermarkets to pick up spare cardboard boxes, the teams at the hall began assembling, packing and writing labels. After just under an hour we counted over 50 boxes ready to go, but there is still more to do so if you're around next Monday please join us directly at the hall to finish the job.
All that was left to do was a short jog back to base and then to the pub for our Christmas social, where to the delight of the group there was a fabulous sparkly wall to pose in front of! There was also a Wandsworth based quiz, Catherine's absolutely incredible cake, and plenty of laughs. What a way to see off a year of doing good!
Hope to see as many of you as possible over the festive season, be it at next week's mission, parkrun, another social or running/walking/cycling the streets of Wandsworth! Until then, wishing every single one of you a happy, healthy and safe festive season.
Mon 11th Dec 2023 at 6:30pm
followed by our Christmas social!Read more