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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The “W” teamed up with local businesses once again to raise money for a worthy cause, the 5th Annual Charity Fitness Party.

This is no ordinary fundraiser. For as little as $5, community members worked up a sweat doing aerobic exercises like Zumba and kickboxing, all while supporting Father’s Child Ministry in Columbus.

“It feels really good to give back because I’ve been blessed throughout my life to be able to have a family there for me. I just want to help other people who haven’t had that opportunity in life,” says supporter, Katlyn Bryant.

The Father’s Child Ministry’s mission is to influence fatherless young men and women to reach their potential by rebuilding families and reaching out to one father at a time.

“We saw many in our community being so devastated by the lack of fathers. Growing up without a dad, I know the pitfalls of not having a father,” says Edward Yeates, Founder of Father’s Child Ministry.

Ken Hargett is the Board Chairman for Father’s Child Ministry.

“We try to utilize community resources and by giving the gospel to not only to the kids but try to reach out to those fathers too and mend those relationships,” says Hargett.

Sponsors of this year’s Charity Fitness Party included Fitness Factor, Max Muscle, the Columbus YMCA, OCH Wellness Connection and Zumba instructor Bonnie Partridge.

The Father’s Child Ministry was founded in 2004 and says they’re always looking for more mentors. To get involved with Father’s Child Ministry, call 662-328-3110.

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