Online yoga events are just one activity that local women can engage in as part of the YWCA’s 2021 virtual challenge this month.

The challenge is an online fundraising initiative in support of YWCA resources for women experiencing gender-based violence.

Participants choose an activity to accomplish during the month of May, register online, and challenge others to match their efforts.

“Activities are flexible, with options ranging from athletic challenges, to cooking or yoga skill-share challenges (or the option of creating something entirely new), offering participants of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate safely in their own way, on their own schedule,” the agency said.

The YWCA said women’s organizations across Canada have seen a 30-40 per cent increase in the need for safety and support this past year, so local fundraising initiatives are more vital than ever.


“Women’s lives continue to be threatened by abusive men who are taking advantage of COVID-19 safety protocols to isolate, manipulate and cause harm,” said Kim Dolan, executive director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton.

“Our entire community needs to be actively involved in looking out for loved ones who may be at risk of violence and supporting the local services that help to equip women to safely create change in their lives.”

Participants who raise $250 or more will be entered into a draw to win prizes. Winners will be announced June 14.

To learn more about the challenge or corporate partnership opportunities visit, call 705-743- 3526 x113 or email Ria Nicholson at

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