Friday, 29 January 2010

Martial arts club raising funds for Cambodian ministry

via CAAI News Media

The Winkler Ironfist Tae Kwon Do Club continues its mandate of giving back with a special fundraising event next week.

On Friday, Feb. 5, the club hits the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall stage for an evening of skills demonstrations and worship music to raise funds for its Christian outreach mission in Cambodia.

In addition to showing off some of the skills of the club's members, the evening will also feature music by the Waverly Worship Band and local singing talent Jayme Giesbrecht.

Club instructor Wolfgang Schaefer said the money raised at the by-donation event will help pay for the programming and services of the Cambodian ministry, which tends to over 200 children and their families in the poverty-stricken South East Asian country.

With help from the Ironfist club members and the community at large, packages of toys, blankets, clothing, and other supplies are regularly sent to Cambodia, and distributed amongst the people who make their homes in the country's slums, Schaefer said.

The ministry also provides Bible lessons and church services, supplies food to the children who attend its events, and often helps pay for their school uniforms, so they can be allowed to attend school.

"All the kids in the club are aware that they're a part of that," Schaefer said, noting it gives the students a great sense of pride to be able to help those in need while, at the same time, honing their martial arts skills.

"The club is so much more than just a sport," he added.

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