Abbotsford groups participate in flash mob contest

The event is being held by the Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness campaign.

An Abbotsford group will perform a flash mob at a surprise location in the community on Sunday, April 14 as part of a flash mob contest being held for the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign.

Project G has been performing flash mobs in the community for the last couple of years, supporting agencies such as the Abbotsford Food Bank, Communitas, the Women’s Resource Society and Abbotsford Community Services.

Group leader Mary Boonstra said the group decided to participate in the PEDAW campaign because it’s in line with her philosophy – “love our bodies, love ourselves and love to move.”

“Self-acceptance is a tool that I use in dance, as when that is developed, the confidence and master of the movement is established,” she said.

The group holds a rehearsal on Thursday, April 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Virtual School gym (33952 Pine St.). Anyone wanting to participate is asked to send an email to mary@grooveforce.ca.

Also participating in the PEDAW contest is a group from the wellness committee at Abbotsford Community Services.

Participant Lois Makela said the committee looks at ways to encourage staff to live healthy, including healthy eating, activity and healthy minds.

The cause that PEDAW supports – eating disorder prevention and intervention – is a perfect fit.

The group is not revealing the date for its flash mob, wanting to keep it a complete surprise.

Deadline for submissions for the PEDAW flash mob contest is May 1. For more information or to register, email pedaw@mail.com or visit facebook.com/loveourbodiesloveourselves.