On Saturday, June 10th Kushindokai Karate and Fitness held their fourth annual Kick-a-Thon charity fundraiser, raising $10,008.75 for Dufferin Child & Family Services (DCAFS) for the Dufferin Children’s Fund. Over the two hour event 50 students and instructors performed 94,494 kicks.
“Today was a huge success. It was such a high-energy event and the students and families in attendance had a great time,” says owner and head instructor Sensei Michael Fisher. “Karate is really about improving yourself as a person, so being able to use the skills that we practice here day in and day out to help give back to the local community is an important part of that process. We have such an amazing group of students and families here at Kushindokai who really got engaged and motivated to help out anyway they could. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful group of people.”
Kushindokai students raised $5,008.75, and with Scotiabank matching $5,000, the grand total for the event was $10,008.75. Sensei Michael presented the cheque to Jennifer Moore, Executive Director of DCAFS, at the DCAFS headquarters.
“We are so very pleased and honoured to have received this significant donation from Kushindokai Karate and Fitness,” says Jennifer Moore, Executive Director of DCAFS. “Money donated to the Dufferin Children's Fund is used to support local children, youth and families receiving service from DCAFS in the areas of youth futures, child & youth development and health & wellness. The funds raised through this initiative will make a significant difference in our community - whether it be through supporting post secondary education, paying for therapeutic interventions such as art therapy, purchasing special needs assistive devices or sending someone to camp for example - the generosity of those who supported this initiative will hold significant meaning for people in our community.”
Sensei Michael also expressed his gratitude for the local community sponsors that helped out with generous drinks, food, and prize donations for the event, including Scotiabank, Mark’s, Mochaberry, Sobeys, Watermaker, Pita Pit, Booklore, Dairy Queen, Henning Salon, Soulyve, RBC Royal Bank, Lisa Felice Royal LePage, Jennifer Durocher RMT, Legendary Property Maintenance, Paint Nite Peel, Far Shot Recreation, and Caroline Vye Acupuncture and TCM.