Fundraising Day For Damian

Fundraising Day For Damian
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Dear elbowroomers as you may know one of our most beloved and longest-serving teachers Damian Poder is currently battling cancer. Anyone who knows Damian or has been taught by him will know what a kind, caring and beautiful human being he is.

We Need Your Help

The elbowroom staff have decided the best way we can help Damian through this incredibly difficult time is to host a special fundraising day on Saturday, May 20th where we will hold events and class on a donation basis and where all the proceeds will go to Damian and his family.

Donation Based Class Schedule (5 Euro Minimum)

9-10am Susie Murray- Barre Class
9.15-10am Ewa Szczupak-Ashtanga
9.30-10.30am Karolina Guzek-Vinyasa
10-10.45am Cathy Coughlan-Yoga Pilates Fusion Class
10.15-11am Karla Ballesteros -Zumba
10.45-12pm Kasandra Ziolkowska-Hatha Flow
11-12.15pm Mary Williams – Restorative Yoga Workshop
11.15-12.15pm Isabel Macedo-Family Jam
12.15-1.15pm Ellie Goulding -Core Flow
12.30-1.15pm Kevin Boyle – Pilates Class
12.30-1.30pm Keith Fox – Family Self Defence Class
1.30-2.15pm Susan Church – Spikey Ball Fascia Release

*** Classes can be booked online through The elbowroom website***

The Darkroom Photogram Workshop

Our good friends and neighbours in The Darkroom will also be hosting a family friendly photogram workshop that’s not to be missed.

This class will present tried and tested techniques for cameraless creative image making. At the same time, it is an experimental workshop where you play and create photograms by using different materials and techniques. You will learn about darkroom safety, develop your images in the darkroom and also experiment with solarisation and painting on developer.


Great raffle prizes from local business such as Mulligans Grocers, Lilliputs and chartered medical. The opportunity to win 1 on 1 lessons from our finest teachers and appointments with some of Dublin’s best therapists. The elbowroom will also be raffling unlimited passes, vouchers and other great prizes. Tickets are 5 euro a strip and are available at The elbowroom reception. All funds raised will be donated to Damian.

Damian’s Story

Damian was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October 2016. He underwent an 11 week period in the hospital where he had a kidney, his bladder and prostate removed. After this surgery, another tumour was discovered in his bowel. He is currently at home and under the care of the community care team in Blackrock hospice. Damian is now taking part in an immunotherapy clinical trial due to start in early May.

Damian is a personal trainer, and self-employed, so during his illness, he has been unable to work and is not entitled to any benefits from the State. This has taken an enormous toll on his young family (wife Ailish and two-year-old son Cian) and their ability to pay for essentials such as rent, child care and transport.

This special day is to raise funds to support the family during this difficult time.


If anyone wants to donate prizes for the raffle please email shane@the-elbowroom.com

Damian’s GoFundMe


About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.