The Shop will welcome costumed ghouls for yoga fundraiser
The Shop Yoga Studio will welcome goblins, ghosts and ghouls on Wednesday when it hosts a Halloween yoga fundraiser.
Participants, including families with children, are encouraged to attend dressed in their Halloween best, but costumes aren’t mandatory, said Park City-based photographer Randi Sidman-Moore, founder and director for One Camera One World.
One Camera One World is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening family identities and improving self-esteem in families living in poverty by providing tools and education to document their lives in a photographic medium.
"It will be a fun class," Sidman-Moore said during an interview with The Park Record. "The sponsors are My Liquid Garden, Starbucks and Great Harvest and they will help, aside from supplying food, with prizes for an opportunity drawings and costume contest."
The class will start at 9 a.m. and will be taught by Susan Fendler. Admission is by donation.
"We felt we should leave it up to the people to decide how much they wanted to donate," Sidman-Moore said. "No registration necessary. People can just show up. That will make it easy for people to attend."
The funds will be donated to One Camera One World, which is working with Jasper House Haiti, a nonprofit program working to combat sex and human trafficking in Haiti.
"I’ve been in touch with the director [Maria Atkinson] and she started a women’s shelter," Sidman-Moore said. "The collaboration we are embarking will help give women hope, comfort and confidence through art. It will give them an opportunity to escape the reasons why they are in the shelter.
"I will be at The Shop taking photographs and I will give a short presentation about One Camera One World and Jasper House," she said. "This is something we do for fun. The proceeds will go to the program."
An additional yoga fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at CorePower Yoga Studio in Trolley Square in Salt Lake City at 9:30 p.m.
Sidman-Moore conceived the idea for One Camera One World after she went on a service trip to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
"I worked with a nonprofit called Project Medishare then and they were one of the most active nonprofits in Haiti at that time," Sidman-Moore said. "We were in the thick of things. I got to see everything."
One of the things she noticed aside from the tragedy, deaths and homes, was the lack of photographs of lost loved ones.
"Parents who lost children and children who had lost parents didn’t have photographs to help them remember," Sidman-Moore said. "That stuck with me."
So, she decided to host photography workshops with the children in Haiti.
"One of the things that One Camera One World does that other photography nonprofits do is that we want to give the families something tangible at the end," Sidman-Moore said. "This isn’t about selling pictures to make revenue to go back to the nonprofit. We want to give these families their pictures. We want them to photograph their world and put them in a tangible photo album. This way the families can have something they made.
"Everyone has pictures on phones and computers here in the United States, but there is nothing like that in Haiti," she said. "So, that is a big deal."
The idea to host a yoga fundraiser sprouted from Sidman-Moore’s love of yoga.
"I just feel the yoga community seems to be altruistic and I thought The Shop would be a great place for a fundraising activity," she said. "I approached Sue because she not only has this spacious and beautiful place, but she also has the personality to facilitate this whole thing."
The Shop, 1167 Woodside Ave., will host a Halloween yoga fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. with Susan Fendler. All donations will benefit One Camera One World and Jasper House Haiti. The event will feature treats, costume contest and an opportunity drawing. For more information, visit http://www.parkcityyoga.com.
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