City launches physical fitness program for domestic violence survivors

A free physical fitness program for women who have experienced Domestic and Family Violence has been rolled out on the Southern Gold Coast.

The RUBY program – which stands for Rise Up, Be Yourself – consists of weekly exercise sessions which have been designed to “empower women by building physical strength and contributing to general well-being in a violence free and safe environment.”

The sessions are held weekly at a number of PCYCs across Queensland, and now locally on the Southern Gold Coast, thanks to Senior Constable Kurt Foessel from the Elanora Police Beat and Sergeant Linda Baade from the Gold Coast PCYC at Broadbeach Waters.


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The Lions Club of Palm Beach also played a major role in helping to kick start the program on the southern Gold Coast, with the club donating $500 for exercise equipment and other basic needs to get it up and running.

It’s hoped the local sessions will encourage more people to attend.

“Travelling to the nearest club from the Southern Gold Coast could easily take 45 to 60 minutes one way and transport can be a barrier to participation,” Senior Constable Kurt Foessel said.

“By hosting the program locally it is hoped that more people will access the program.”

Each exercise session is facilitated by a female personal trainer and a female police officer, making it a comfortable environment for women to work out in.

Not only does it help both psychically and mentally, the unique program also helps victims by offering links to existing local services for support, information, referrals and resources.

If you’re interested in attending a RUBY session, or know someone who might be, you can contact Coordinator Edin Fleming at the Gold Coast PCYC on 0419 783 089.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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