DEMO AND FUNDRAISER – Mar 2013
Our students recently participated in a fund raising event we called “Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains” – this was through International Justice Mission – IJM – to help eliminate child trafficking and slavery that still exists in our world today. www.ijm.org
Here are some testimonies from students that participated
Watching my masters the break the 27 boards, inspired me to gain pledges and spread awareness to as many people as I could about this horrible problem. While I was breaking through my own boards, it occurred to me that it is not just physically breaking a board, but crushing the chains and barriers that bound these people in slavery. Through my experience, I realized that anyone can make a change and difference. All you need is to believe you can do it and break through your obstacles!
I thought it was fantastic! I agree lots of energy and as a observer I saw the majority of kids afterwards were very busy showing their accomplishments to others. Also they seemed to really take pride in writing their own information and/or drawing on the boards they had broken. For our daughter, Nicole, who is new to TKD – the entire process from the pledges, the concentration and excitement of board breaking, as well as the follow up with her sponsors afterwards seemed important to her. We are glad she got to participate as I believe she learnt a lot about herself from it.
This entire experience was a welcomed challenge from the demo to the board breaking itself and all the work put into everything. I was absolutely thrilled with helping with this fundraiser because it’s able to help so many people in need. Just helping to try and stop human trafficking was a privilege as well as working with the youth group and IJM and all the work they put in to the organization of the events. Myself and many people I know were ecstatic when we found out that the fundraising that our board breaking did raised well over two thousand dollars to go towards the cause. The IJM info was great with offering a lot of information to a lot of people to take in. The entire time I was there at the mall, I was watching so many people checking out the info about what we were doing and purchasing the bracelets and t-shirts to support the cause and the amazement that the bracelets were made by girls that were rescued. Also when Master Siminoff, Mr. Bain and Ms. Ashley did the main board breaking with the information written on those 27 boards about the cause and what we were doing and what it stood for, I saw so many people that had realized in a very short time just by viewing and reading information that what we were supporting was not just our community but the world. If I was offered the chance to do more for this cause I wouldn’t hesitate, it would be a pleasure and i would go for it. Drake Howard - (Student at Kootenay Christian Martial Arts)