May 26, 2010

15th Annual "Kickathon"

On the hottest May 26th since records began (32 degrees) six members from Toronto Branch gathered to perform our 15th Annual Charity “Kickathon” on behalf of research and treatment programs for drug addiction offered by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Despite the airless conditions, we were able to perform our 500 kicks with loud kiai to raise a total of $8,400 for the CAMH Foundation. Since our event began in 1996 we have raised a total of $88,400 for this important cause.

Shorinji Kempo Toronto Branch is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is especially proud of the long association we've had with CAMH. We have held two classes per week at CAMH since February 1995 and have received tremendous support from the management and staff of the Centre.

We wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude to our many sponsors, some of whom have sponsored all of our events since 1996, and also to CAMH for the world-class services and education it provides to improve the lives of Canadians.