Steven Carroll will join with other students from the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy on Saturday
Steven Carroll will join with other students from the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy on Saturday

Kick leukaemia

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THERE will be some very sore legs at the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy tomorrow week, but it will all be in the name of a good cause.

The students of the local club will take part in a Kick For A Cure fundraiser on November 27 from 10am to raise money for the local Leukaemia Foundation branch.

The event will also coincide with an open day at the Tank Street studio.

Visitors will get the chance to take part in free martial arts demonstrations as well as chil-dren's and women's safety awareness classes.

Another attraction during the day will be the kickathon which will see Gladstone Martial Arts Academy students embark on a marathon of kicks to raise much -needed funds.

"Our members will be trying to get sponsorship of one cent per kick from as many people as they can and pushing out up to 300 kicks each on the day,'' said Martial Arts Academy principal Rob McIntyre.

"As well as the free classes for the general public, we will be having hourly prize draws, including a Samurai sword, $5 neck and shoulder massages, a sausage sizzle.''

Coordinator of the local Leukaemia foundation Kim Turner said the event would help raise much needed funds for the group. The group has only recently set up in Gladstone to assist local families go through the rigors of treatment for Leukaemia.

"This unique fundraiser looks like raising a couple of thousand dollars, which will be used for branch set up costs and enable us to support our first local patients,'' she said.

"This is a great event for families at the same time as raising money.''

All visitors can enter the prize draws as well as attending all classes and will be able to take advantage of huge savings on membership to the club.

New members on the day will also receive a free uniform and huge saving on martial arts equipment and boxing/kickboxing gear.



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