More than 300 people showed their SISU on Saturday during the first Sling-Choker SISU Family Walk fundraiser at Finlandia Village.
Months of fundraising brought in more than $40,000, money that will help support active living for seniors at the village. SISU Family Walk was a generational event, said Patricia Clizia, executive director of the Finlandia SISU Foundation.
“It was awesome,” she said, following the completion of the walk. “It's a beautiful, fall SISU day in September, and I want to thank the community for sharing their SISU with us.”
David Munch, CEO of Finlandia Village said when the first Finnish settlers came to Sudbury in the early 1900s, athletics and activity was something they took pride in, and they still do today. That's why all of the money raised through Strides for SISU will go towards Finlandia Village's fitness centre.
“About 25 years ago, we built a pool to promote exercise and wellness, but we never had an official exercise room,” he said.
“With our SISU Foundation, over the last year, we've built an exercise and fitness centre, and to this date, we have about 500 people using the facility on a regular basis, and it's not only residents at Finlandia, but residents of the community. “People know the fountain of youth is exercise, and if you want to stay young, you need to stay active.”
The for-seniors-only fitness and wellness centre at Finlandia Village offers a spacious, warm and inclusive workout environment with large main workout area, padded floor for low impact on joints and HUR Hydraulic Exercise Equipment. The facility also features an indoor heated pool, his and hers large sauna rooms and change rooms and is fully accessible to all seniors, regardless of mobility.