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Why I’m Sweating with Pride

I’m taking on Sweat with Pride this June to raise money for our Rainbow communities! 💦🌈

Our schools, workplaces, and doctors’ offices are still not safe places for many Rainbow New Zealanders and it’s putting lives at risk.

More than half our rainbow whānau have experienced mental illness. One in five of our rainbow rangatahi (youth) have attempted suicide. And life changing STIs like syphilis, mpox and HIV are still far too common. Things need to change.

So, this June I’m fighting discrimination with perspiration, and I've committed to exercising for at least 21 minutes EVERY DAY to raise money to support Rainbow Kiwis.

This cause means a lot to me. I’d be SO GRATEFUL if you could chip in to help me reach my goal. Every dollar I raise will fund life-changing mental, physical and sexual health services for Rainbow New Zealanders.

Thank you sooooo much ❤️

My Impact

So far in this year’s challenge I have…

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Helped to sponsor a year of training for two support line volunteers, so they can be there for people in crisis.

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Track my Progress

I’m sweating for 60 minutes
per day this June!

3,095 minutes completed
1,800 minutes goal

My Ranking

I’m #3 out of 4,316 Sweaty Bettys

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Luke Cooper

Raised

$3,010

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My Updates

June 16th

Sunday 16th Jun
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I performed alongside Abigail Boyle today!!! Did class, rehearsal and a show with BCA!

June 15th

Saturday 15th Jun
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A quick bike and gym moment before travelling to New Plymouth today!

June 14th

Friday 14th Jun
Today was the last day of class and rehearsals with BCA before the show on Sunday. Also a full on day smashing out a big chunk of Sarah’s new work!

June 13th

Thursday 13th Jun
Getting closer to the BCA show, another day of rehearsals with them and with Sarah at RNZB!

June 12th

Wednesday 12th Jun
Today was the first full costume run of BCA’s Subtle Dances show and it’s looking great! I also ran the first 12 or so mins of Sarah Foster-Sproull’s new work To Hold. Fun day, with a ten min ab workout thrown in.

June 11th

Tuesday 11th Jun
More rehearsals with both BCA and RNZB today, rounding the day out with a swim!

June 10th

Monday 10th Jun
Today was a biggie! Took class and rehearsed ‘Helix’ and ‘Subtle Dances’ with BCA and then to RNZB for more of Sarah’s new work! 

June 9th

Sunday 9th Jun
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Made it to the gym and pool on this wet, windy Sunday!

June 8th

Saturday 8th Jun
Spent my Saturday in the studio with Abi working some more on Helix! 

June 7th

Saturday 8th Jun
A big day of dancing! Started with BCA, working with Abi on the ‘Helix’ pas and then spent the majority of the day with SFS at RNZB. Finished playing with some pas stuff with Ella for Josh’s Dazzlehands project!

June 6th

Thursday 6th Jun
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Sarah Foster-Sproull is in the house, starting work on her piece ‘To Hold’ for RNZB’s mixed bill! Lots of shape creating today! Also rehearsed with BCA too!

June 5th

Wednesday 5th Jun
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Day 2 with BCA, getting back into contemporary partnering is lots of fun! Thanks so much for all the support today with the donation match, appreciate the support!

June 4th

Tuesday 4th Jun
Day four was my first class and rehearsal with Ballet Collective Aotearoa for their Subtle Dances show in Taranaki Arts Festival! I also swum 30 lengths in the pool, nice to be back in Wellington!

June 3rd

Monday 3rd Jun
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Back home in Wellington, fresh haircut and hitting the work gym for an hour after being stuck on planes all day!

June 2nd

Sunday 2nd Jun
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Today is the last day of Swan Lake tour and RNZB took class onstage in Invercargill.

June 1st, day one!

Saturday 1st Jun
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Day one was an early start, heading to Jetts Dunedin for a workout with Jemima and Georgia. We had to squeeze it in before our bus ride to Invercargill before RNZB’s last performance of our Swan Lake season.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$233

Cat

Got you to your goal! Yaaaaaaaay!

$100

Libby Eglinton

Go Luke - sweat well!!

$100

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$100

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$100

Gillies

$100

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$100

Guillemot-Rodgerson Family

Great job Luke 🏳️‍🌈

$100

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$100

Guillemot-Mene Family

🤗 Chris and I both do some work with Moana Va and know how difficult it is xx

$100

Mike Hiscox

$100

Stacey Cooper

$100

Nina Woods

❤️❤️❤️

$68

Josh

You better go through with it punk

$50

Kerri Baxter

$50

Helen

$50

Madeline Tratt

Proud of you and who you are x

$50

Shae Berney

$50

Kalli and Rhi

Anything for the gays

$50

Kazzaliz Bennett

You are amazing Luke!

$50

Ben & Michelle

$50

Aunty Jane & Kingston

Love your determination, love you xo

$50

Shaun Kelly

Get it Luke! Fantastic 🏳️‍🌈

$50

Leonora

Get it Luke! Proud of you!

$50

Aimee Hodgkinson

Xx

$50

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$50

Madeleine Sampson

$50

Torzie

Love you 🌈💕

$50

Tiana Lung

Love you ❤️❤️❤️

$50

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$50

Tor Bennett

Proud of you! You’re an incredible advocate 🏳️‍🌈 ❤️

$50

Jemima Scott

Love from Jemima and Jake

$46

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$46

Anonymous

$40

Hayley McCarthy

Go Luke! 💚❤️🥳

$40

Francesca

$40

Tara Evans

You are amazing 🥰

$35

Tash Giera

So proud of you Luke

$30

Gaye Hart

Proud of you Luke x

$30

Jessica Taunt

$30

Luke Cooper

$30

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$30

Ella Chambers

🩷❤️🧡💛💚🩵💙💜

$30

Z G

$25

Cadence Barrack

I know it’s not much, but I hope it helps! I’m so proud of you! ❤️

$25

Kelsey G

Let’s go Luke!! You’re such an inspiration my beautiful friend. How lucky are we to have such a wonderful and kind person in our lives!

$25

Liz Cocks

💪🏼🙌🏽❤️

$25

Teagan Tank

Have to donate again when it's double day!!! Lots of love and proud of you xxx

$25

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$25

Susannah Cookson

Love your commitment to all your communities Luke xx

$20

Lara

$20

Jenna Bramble

$20

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$20

Anonymous

Good work Luke from some Acland whanau

$15

Zoe Gilmore

🫶🏻🌈

$15

Xaddy

$12

Anonymous

Proud of you 🥳

$10

Kirby Selchow

Most people donate $50

Please give what you can.

I’d love to hear more from Sweat with Pride