To celebrate her 30th birthday, Stephanie Espeut is holding a Hatha yoga class that she hopes will help raise money for three local charities.

While her birthday is on Friday, she is hosting the class on Saturday at the Arts and Recreation Center in Camana Bay, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Participants are invited to pay $30 for the class, the proceeds of which will go to the National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ Educational Program, Feed Our Future and Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts, known as CARE.

“These organizations have an emphasis on children, which is dear to me because of my precious daughter,” she said.

She said she hoped the fundraiser, called “$30 for 30, will focus “attention to the importance of not only filling the minds of our children academically but also their hearts and bellies too.”

She added, “It’s so hard to focus on learning when you’re hungry and to educate the mind of a child without also teaching them empathy towards one another, to animals and their environment, is depriving them of greater possibilities for themselves, our region and even the global community. This decision was very hard to make as every organization can be seen as valuable and [make] such fundamental contributions to society.

I have a strong desire to further create unity within the community through yoga, meanwhile supporting worthy nonprofit organizations that significantly contribute to this society.

Vegan treats and kombucha will be supplied at the event by Saucha Conscious Living.

Tickets can be purchased at Bliss Living Yoga Studio and Winners Circle.

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