Pole Dancers Mallory Campbell, Heather Devenish and Monique Meier will participate in the Pole Gym pole-a-thon to raise money for the flood disaster appeal.
Pole Dancers Mallory Campbell, Heather Devenish and Monique Meier will participate in the Pole Gym pole-a-thon to raise money for the flood disaster appeal. Rob Williams

Pole dancers help out flood appeal

IPSWICH ladies are being encouraged to limber up and try their skills on the “pole”, all in the name of helping flood victims.

Former Lockyer Valley resident and Pole Gym Ipswich owner Monique Meier said the pole-a-thon was her way of helping those affected.

“I grew up in the Lockyer Valley,” Mrs Meier said.

“Seeing what happened, it was like my heart had been ripped apart.

“I thought, what can I do to help put the community back together?”

The 32-year-old said her home town of Marburg had also been affected.

“It is personal, that's why we want to do this; it is really personal,” Mrs Meier said.

“The Lockyer, I got my education there, I worked there.

“I wanted to do what I could.”

Held at the gym in the Ipswich Mall on January 29 from 2pm, the event challenges teams of three to keep the pole “actively used” for three straight hours.

“They don't have to be pole professionals,” Mrs Meier said.

“Beginners can set themselves simple goals, such as learning five tricks.

“It doesn't have to be just tricks or routines, it could be walking around the pole.

“We just want to keep the pole active.”

Mrs Meier said the fundraiser was the best way for her and her students to utilise their skills.

“It is what we do best and we enjoy doing it, so why not,” she said.

She said three other Pole Gyms in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast would each hold their own pole-a-thon.

The studios hoped to raise a couple of thousand dollars for the flood relief appeal.

Funds raised will be distributed to local charities working in each individual area.

Entry is $50 per team member.

For more information, contact the organisers on 3281 0991 or 0409 344 729.



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