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MMHQ raises money to support young mums and dads

LOCAL gym Military Mumma Headquarters (MMHQ) held a fundraising boot camp to improve the fitness of young mums and dads in the community.

More than $1000 was raised from the boot camp and will fund monthly boot camp sessions for the parents at Hobart City Mission’s Small Steps and DIY Dad’s programs.

More than $166 in cash donations was also raised towards Hobart City Mission programs.

Small Steps and DIY Dads are supported accommodation programs for young mums and their children, and single dads and their children.

Both programs provide housing and support to mums and dads who are at risk of homelessness and help them learn life and parenting skills in a safe and supported environment.

The fundraising boot camp ran for 45 minutes and focused on fun, game-based activities.

It was followed by MMHQ staff member attempting the ‘Burpee Challenge’, with boot camp attendees able to increase the number of burpees each staff member performed by donating a dollar for every burpee.

MMHQ was established seven years ago by Kirri Brazendale, now Hammett, who was a single mum and “understands what it’s like to get back into fitness, particularly post pregnancy and child-birth.”

The gym, which is located in Cambridge Park, is for all ages, genders and fitness levels, and has the philosophy that a strong mind is the foundation for a strong body.

“I thought the DIY program was a beautiful opportunity to support dads because while there are a lot of mums out there that need help, there’s also single dads out there that need help and I wanted to be able to give something back to them,” Ms Hammett said.

Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley said the boot camp was a fun, community-minded way to raise money.

“We love seeing members of our community come together to support the parents and children at Small Steps and DIY Dads,” he said.

“The money raised from the boot camp will provide a really great service to the mums and dads.

“The boot camp sessions will help them to build their fitness, their confidence and model healthy behaviour for their children.”