Fitness guru Karl calls for help to splash the cash
FITNESS guru Karl Henry has signed on for his seventh year on RTE's 'Operation Transformation', saying he cannot get enough of the "feel-good factor" of seeing the changes in people's lives.
The new season of the popular dieting show, hosted by Kathryn Thomas, will begin filming in September.
"I've been there since the beginning and it's been amazing for me," said 31-year-old Karl.
"When you have a role in somebody essentially changing their life, it's hard to suddenly step away from it.
"It's almost become a national institution at this stage, and I think people love it because of the simple concept that you can get fit and adopt a better lifestyle for free."
The Irish Independent columnist is one of the judges of the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, and wants non-profit organisations around the country to come up with ideas to encourage fitness in their communities.
The fund, now in its third year, has made €125,000 available to groups that are focused on helping communities be more active and healthy.
It is seeking innovative projects for the latest round of grants.
The overall winner will receive €25,000 while 10 other organisations will get €10,000.
"We were down in Galway, Limerick and Cork last week and in Dublin this week and the response has been absolutely fantastic so far," said Karl.
"This is about giving people the tools to get healthy and pointing them in the right direction at no cost.
"We've had more applicants than ever, because money is hard to come by – and this fund is giving it away.
"I love seeing people get fit. The community involvement is what actually makes an impact, because they collectively implement it."
Entries for the fund are open until July 19 and applications can be submitted to www.coca-cola.ie/ thankyou.