As many of you know Carlos, who passed away in 17 March 2017, had been a long term member of the YMCA family and had been working as a YMCAfit tutor and Club Personal Trainer for many years.
The loss of Carlos had a profound impact on so many lives and the #YMCAclubExperts team wanted to do something truly magical and allow his legacy and passion for exercise to music to live on. With the support of his friends and family the Club team created The Carlos Mendonca ETM Bursary.
On Saturday 21st April between 12-4pm we celebrated his life the Brazilian way with a carnival on our main sports hall floor.
The floor was a sea of bright yellow t-shirts and electric sprits and moves. The day was a fusion of all our exercise to music classes - step, cardio kick, aerobics and much more.
On the day we achieved our donation target which has meant that the Club can fund a free ETM course for one lucky instructor. This person can be a member, friend, employee or a volunteer of the Club.
In total, over 60 people attended the day with some of his family flying in from Brazil to celebrate his life and support his bursary scheme. His sister, Rosângela, shared these words with us “Thank you very much for organising the event. It was great fun and we really appreciated all the love and affection everyone has for Carlos. We are humbled by how many people came. We love the t-shirts and I am taking some to our family in Brazil.”
As you can image the day was full of emotion and love, it was truly wonderful. We believe we made him proud; he would have loved it.
Though this scheme his legacy will live on and he will never be forgotten. He will remain forever in our hearts and in the future ETM steps!