Sunday 11th August 2013 will always be a special day for me, why? Well, it’s the day I actually saw the fruits of my labour. I teamed up with my good friend Christopher and put on an event called ‘Just Geens Funday’.
The reason for the event? Well, my fitness journey had been going strong for over a year and I wanted to do something that would bring everyone together and show them that being active isn’t boring and strenuous, its actually quite fun. So I thought what better way to do it than a fun day.
To my surprise the day was such a success. So many things tried to go wrong at the last minute, but thanks to my brilliant team of friends and family, everything worked out in the end.
For those of you who didn’t come all I can say is, you missed out on a wicked day. We had DJ Neptizzle and DJ Jammy D on the ones and twos and photography taken by Samuel Falusi.
On the day we had a mixture of activities from a football tournament to different types of races, table tennis, an azonto fitness aerobics class and tug of war.
The football tournament was so intense it was like watching the championship league. It was that intense that several people left injured lol (you guys take football too serious).
The food was delicious. The BBQ menu was a mixture of foods from chicken, burgers, hot dogs, sweet potato wedges, grilled plantain, quinao salad, potato salad, coleslaw, salad, prawn skewers, corn on the cob and fruit salad. I was worried that a lot of people would be disappointed as there wasn’t any rice but I guess the substitutes made up for it lol. Despite the long queue, for the BBQ I think everything went quite well.
We also had some brilliant cakes made by Cakes By Kels…all cake lovers need to try her red velvet cheese cake- its to die for!!!
The Azonto Fitness aerobics session was a breath of fresh air. The session was about 15 minutes long and was taken by KwaksAzontoFitness. Azonto fitness is basically body movements from the Azonto Dance which originated from Ghana. The dance routine was pretty straight forward and it was such a fun learning experience. For more information on Azonto Fitness Click Here.
During the run up to the event, one of the problems I found was encouraging girls to come on the day. I know a lot of females thought it was going to be an instagram showdown, name and shame fitness level kinda of event, but it was far from that. The girls got so involved that they even managed to beat the guys SEVERAL TIMES at tug of war. We even had certain guys switching teams because the girls were so good.
It was all a beautiful experience and I am really overwhelmed with the positive feedback I’ve received from the event!
The weird thing is, when I started my fitness journey it was all about me me me! I was not doing it to benefit anyone else and it was all about my personal gain. I was just a girl who liked posting gym pictures on instagram, but I soon came to realise that I was beginning to inspire those around me without even realising it.
So much has happened within the last year and all I can do is give all the glory and thanks to God. As Proverbs 19:21 says “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. If anyone was to ask me a couple of years ago if I’d be a fitness enthusiast, organising fitness charity events I would have laughed…but several years later I’m here now on a journey I never thought I would be on, doing what I think the Lord has purposed me to do.
It just goes to show that it’s never too late to do anything you want as long as you put your mind to it.
I would like to thank all those who came and those that couldn’t come but still showed support, it really means a lot to me. Thank you for embarking on this journey with me and I promise to keep working hard to bring you something bigger and better next year.