Twin sisters Leanne Sternalski-Goodman and Daniella Sternalski-Gobey will brave searing temperatures dressed as dinosaurs for a livestreamed yoga session to raise cash for cats in need.
The 35-year-olds were inspired by Ralph the Rex, a Facebook page where people dress up in dinosaur costumes and do funny activities, and have previously completed a dino dance-off and dino workout.
“It’s fair to say that we have what we call a stupid sense of humour and it tickled us,’ said Leanne.
That sense of humour has already driven the fundraising co-ordinators to raise hundreds of pounds for Cats Protection’s East Surrey Branch and they have set a target of £250 for this challenge.
“We do it for the cats and to have a bit of fun at the same time,’ said Leanne. “We also thought this might bring a smile to many faces, especially during the pandemic. We all need a bit of fun and we’ll be raising money for Cats Protection while doing it. Win-win.”
Dino yoga will require a level of general fitness and, with temperatures still high, the pair from Surrey will need to be closely monitored during the session, starting at midday on 24 Saturday July.
Leanne said: “We both have good fitness levels as we regularly go the gym, swim and attend online training sessions, but we don’t usually do yoga. We’re using this week for a final push to make sure we’re as familiar with the yoga poses as possible as we’ll need audio queues because it can be hard to see in those suits.
“For health and safety reasons we are limiting the session to 30 minutes as it gets really hot in those suits. We’ll be under the watchful eye of Rachel from Rebalance Online as she guides us through our yoga session.”
Daniella adopted her 17-year-old cat Misty Moo from Cats Protection. “She still loves to play and has become a bit of a star during lockdown,’ Daniella said. “She joins in with my work meetings and purrs so loudly that my colleagues can hear her.”
“She sulks if you don’t say hello to her when you walk in and she has never once bitten, scratched or hissed at anyone. If you do something she doesn’t like, she walks away and she will bide her time to get her own way if you tell her off.”
Donations are invited at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cpeastsurreydinoyoga