I first heard about the East Side Boxing Club’s Youth and Women At Risk Program from my friend and roller derby team mate Teri aka Twisty Hurtzmore. She’d been going to the gym for boxing workouts for a while and told me about the great work they were doing in the community.
ESB is located right on the edge of Chinatown which butts up against Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. Working with several Non Profit Organisations in Downtown Vancouver, ESB is committed to continuing to facilitate free exercise programs for at risk youth and women that have been exposed to violence. Believing that everyone deserves accessibility to exercise, the ESB mission is to be an inclusive community focused gym that delivers high quality boxing training.
We were inspired by ESB’s mission and wanted to see what we could do to help support this great program. After chatting with the program director Leigh, we found out that a lot of the women who were coming in for the exercise sessions didn’t own good quality workout clothing.
Well that’s something we could help with!
During garment manufacture there’s always a percentage of product defects and – even though we make the majority of our clothing here in Vancouver – Pivotstar is not immune to this. A lot of the time it’s not anything that would affect the wearability of the garments, but it’s enough that we can’t offer them for sale.
Something you might not know about me is I HATE waste! So I’d been struggling with what to do with our growing quantities of “not-quite-perfect” merchandise.
When I heard about the needs of the ESB program it seemed like the solution might be a way to help out others.
So yesterday morning we loaded up with Pivotstar hoodies and capris and drove over to ESB. The gym was full of men and women working out, training hard for the upcoming Beer Wars.
Leigh and Dave Schuck (the founder of the gym and the At Risk Program) showed us through to the program room – a place where new program participants could help themselves to clothes and healthy food at no charge. She showed us the big white board where participants could sign in and track their exercise progress and where the trainers could really see the impact of the work they were doing.
It was awesome to see the real, personal impact of the program and what our donation would mean to these individuals.
As we headed back to the office, I thought to myself how incredibly grateful I was to have such an amazing local community. And how proud I was to be a part of creating a kinder, healthier world.
For more information on the East Side Boxing Club visit their website.
Thanks to Leigh, Dave and all the trainers for the great work you do. Thanks for letting us be part of it.
Luludemon aka Lucy Croysdill