||Toronto Branch, Canada / May 2004
Contributor: Branch Master John McCulloch
2004 Shorinjikempo Toronto "Kickathon" Raises $8,000 for Charity
On May 10, 2004, Shorinjikempo members in the Toronto region took part in the 9th annual charity "Kickathon" event. The Kickathon event represents the Kaiso Day activity for Toronto Branch and this year we were aided by the members of Eglinton Branch, Leaside Branch* and Huronia Branch*.
As is our custom, we performed 300 successive kicks in return for sponsorship. Financial support came from our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Their generous support allowed us to raise $8,000 - a new record amount. The Kickathon has now raised a total of $44,500 since its inception in 1996.
The money will be donated to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation - a charity that supports counselling and treatment work for drug addicts and engages in basic research into the causes of addiction. The official cheque presentation to the CAMH Foundation President will be made in early June.
Kaiso hoped that Shorinjikempo would foster the development of individuals who would lead full lives and play an active role in improving the world. It is our earnest hope that all members of the worldwide Shorinjikempo family take part in annual Kaiso Day events. Kaiso Day greatly benefits our local communities and we can all build on this idea in our everyday lives.
*new Branches undergoing the WSKO Branch registration process.