Cumbernauld among first in Scotland to try Booiaka.

Keep fit fans will get a unique chance to enjoy an invigorating new fitness craze from the USA at an event taking place next Monday (August 13) at New Town Hall.

Booiaka incorporates street dance and old school fitness moves in a workout for all ages – and monies raised from the £5 entrance fee plus a giant charity raffle will be donated to Alzheimers Scotland.

The event has been organised by Smithstone woman Diane Goldberg and Nancy Jack who is a sheltered housing officer at Craigmarloch nursing home, where Diane’s parents have been cared for.

Diane, who works for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh, said: “This is a charity very important to me as my mum, aged just 60, has Alzheimers and is now in a nursing home in the very late stages.

“The charity provides much needed support for people with all forms of dementia and their families and I have received help from them first hand,” she added.

Diane has worked hard to secure a bevy of top raffle prizes from friends, family and local businesses including a 10 class zumba pass from instructor Joann Forsyth, dinner for two at the Glenskirlie and a voucher from Robert McLaughlin Photography.

Plus Diane and Nancy have managed to secure the services of Lyndsay Johnston, a Bo’ness woman who is the only qualified Booiaka instructor in the Central Belt.

Nancy said: “You can do Booiaka if you are 16 or 60. It builds up gradually and is great exercise. We’re very glad that Lynsay agreed to do this. It’s something new for Cumbernauld and it is for a good cause.’’

Entry to this event is by ticket only and the class will run from 7.30pm to 8.30pm with the raffle being drawn by local DJ Graeme Scott afterward.

Anyone else who would like to donate a raffle prize or make a donation can contact Nancy on 07894 562578.