Out Unite Fitness owner Gavin McKay is challenging himself to meditate for two whole days in a campaign that will raise funds for Philly’s largest free public meditation center.
McKay and a team of volunteers from Shambhala Meditation Center are participating in a Sit-A-Thon that will help pay for a new building. According to McKay’s crowd-sourcing page, “our community and programs are growing so much that we need a bigger, more proper space to be able to teach more people the way of meditation started by the original Buddha 3.000 years ago.”
McKay, who was recently featured in Philly Mag's "Heavenly Bodies" issue, has been training with Shambhala for three years. He now leads a program for youth at the center, the Dragons Team Program.
The Shambhala team is looking to raise $20,000 of the $150,000 needed to fund a larger space. "These monies will allow us to create a dedicated children and families room, provide funds for a new, handicap accessible bathroom, double the capacity of our current mediation hall to accommodate 100 people, build a more accommodating community-gathering area, and expand our kitchen capacity."