Health and Fitness group of Auckland Indian Association Inc. (AIAI) in collaboration with Relay for Life participated in a walk that raised $5,009 for the cancer victims and survivors.

Relay For Life is an inspiring community event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers; remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of Cancer Society.

Eighteen members of the Health and Fitness group of AIAI participated in the 18-hours walk to raise funds for the people living with cancer. The walk started on Saturday, April the 6th at 2 p.m. at Lovelock track in Sandringham, a part of the Wesley Community Centre and finished on Sunday, April 7th at 7 a.m. with participants taking turns in walks. The walk was open to any level of fitness who can walk or run around a track.

“To make it more fun and exciting the team decided to wear Indian tricolours not just to represent our nationality but it also signifies sacrifice, peace and prosperity, which is a true sense we combined it well in our thoughts and action,” President of AIAI, Narendra Bhana told The Indian Weekender.

“We also had a tent set up for the team to rest overnight as they were taking turns. It was more like a celebration for a team,” Mr Bhana added.

The team of Health and Fitness Group of AIAI was awarded as Silver Fundraisers for raising $5,009 in one event for the cancer victims.

Relay for life overall collected $400,000 which would help 63 cancer patients.

“Most of our team members were doing it for the first time and were truly very proud to be part of this Relay for Life,” Mr Bhana added.

Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Health and Fitness committee has encouraged the community not just to be healthy but also to set goals to achieve that would benefit the wider society or community.

Some members of the Health and Fitness  group also participated in the Marathon event in Rotorua on the same day.

AIAI host various cultural, religious, patriotic and fitness activities that are spread through different times of the week. Some of the fitness classes held are Bollypump on Monday, yoga classes on Thursday, and Bollyrobics on Saturday.

“We encourage everyone to come and be part of the health and fitness group, which turns into friendship and eventually a beautiful family,” Mr Bhana concluded.

For enquires about the fitness classes, people can go to the Mahatma Gandhi Centre Health and Fitness group Facebook page, or contact Kamuben on 0211082198 or email