||Events - Fundraising
|We have raised over £27,000 for local and national charities since 2004, including:
- Binfield Dog Rescue
- Bracknell Forest Mencap
- Children in Need
- Dyslexia Action
- Frimley Park Hospital Special Care baby Unit
- Kennel Lane Special-Needs School, Bracknell
- Sport Relief.
Our most recent project involved our juniors and adults running the 2010 Green Park Challenge and our adults going on to compete in the Reading Half Marathon afterwards!
Coming Soon ...
Olympic Martial Arts featuring five separate fund raising events for Sebastian's Action Trust.
Over 70 Adults, Juniors and their parents (!) took part in a marathon of the Karate sort by performing 10,000 katas. At 45-60 seconds per kata and an average of 200 katas for the higher grades, it was certainly a challenge. The club raised approximately £5.000 for two very good causes - Berkshire Autistic Society and Konnections at Kerith Church - both of which support children with Autism and provide respite care to their parents.
A Special Cause
After our daughter spent some time in Frimley Park Hospitalís Special Care Baby Unit we thought it was fitting that the money raised from our first Annual Christmas Party be donated to them. We raised over £350 and had a great evening celebrating our recent gradings.
A Challenging Marathon
In March 2010 over 30 members from the Club took part in the Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge. Our participation in the event has raised over £1075 for Dyslexia Action, a charity that works with children and adults across the UK supporting them with literacy skills.
Our toughest challenge to date was our 24-hour Karate Marathon (2009) in aid of Sebastian's Action Trust. Our adults trained from 7am on a sunny Saturday until 7am the following day and our juniors trained for up to 12 hours. Highlights of the day included the Mayor of Bracknell joining the adults doing Kata to YMCA and the adults taking part in a bellydancing session, wearing pink T-shirts! We raised a phenomonal amount of money for the charity which stands at just over £9,000 to date. Some of the day's photographs are available in the Gallery section.
In 2007 we built a sensory garden for Kennel Lane Special-Needs School. Local companies donated money and equipment to the value of £5,000 and, over the course of two weekends, we cleared the existing site and created the new garden. The Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Gill Birch, officially opened the garden. The garden provides a quiet area for rest and reflection, and the pupils hold their regular anti-bullying meetings there.
One of our largest fund-raising events, and our most physically challenging, was for Sport Relief. During our normal lesson, our junior and adult members completed 100,000 punches. Many of our members persuaded their sponsors to give 1p for every punch - little did they realise that our juniors on average punched 1000 times!
One Mile of Kicks
Another of our fund-raising events was for Sport Relief in 2008, where we kicked over 2000 times, raising £2,500.