Powerlifter raises bar for kids

NANAIMO – Rhonda Heaslip wants to raise $15,000 for B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Nanaimo’s Rhonda Heaslip, winner of multiple national powerlifting championships and the current national and Commonwealth powerlifting record holder, is raising the bar and money for B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Heaslip kicks off her fundraising initiative Friday (May 10)at RBC Royal Bank at Woodgrove Centre.

She will be on hand from 3-4 p.m. talking about powerlifting, her record breaking and attempts and why raising money for the kids of B.C. is so important.

This is the first of a number of RBC Royal Bank stops to build awareness about the fundraiser and to let people know about her impressive close to or more than 159-kilogram lift she will do at Woodgrove Sept. 7.

This is a taste of what she will be doing at the World Masters Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida where she will attempt to break her own Canadian and Commonwealth deadlift records.

“As a mother of three and grandmother of three, I want to help B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation,” she said. “I am positive that everyone knows someone who has either been a patient in, or had or knows a child who was a patient in this wonderful life-saving hospital. We want to do the heavy lifting, so the kids don’t have to.”

Heaslip’s goal is to raise $15,000 and for more information, please go to www.raisethebarforkids.ca.