Bendigo’s Z Fit Studios won the people’s choice award and was presented as a finalist in the inaugural Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Diversity and Inclusion Award.
The recognition was part of the 2017 Regional Achievement and Community Awards presentation ceremony hosted by PRIME7 news presenter Karl Lijnders at Flemington on October 13.
More than 400 guests gathered to celebrate regional Victoria’s high achievers and community contributors.
The people’s choice award came with a prize of a two-night stay for two people from Parks Victoria. Supporting their commitment to create positive change in the world, Z Fit Studios donated this prize as an auction item in an annual trivia, entertainment and auction fundraiser that was held the following day. This night was a success, with more than $4000 raised.
Z Fit Studios of Bendigo champions diversity and inclusion. Their members range from two to 62 and – regardless of nationality, belief, shape or ability – they enjoy the physical and social benefits of dance and exercise.
Z Fit Studios has raised $10,000 for the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life and 25 per cent of staff and members donate blood.
Paul Chapman of Kangaroo Flat was also recognised, taking out the Regional Development Victoria leadership and innovation award.