Kind­ness em­pha­sised

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

JOON­DALUP Mar­tial Arts stu­dents are fight­ing for child safety.

As part of their re­cent grad­ing syl­labus, stu­dents col­lected more than 80 back­packs and items to do­nate to the Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion’s Com­fort Packs pro­gram.

A Com­fort Pack is a chil­dren’s back­pack filled with es­sen­tial items such as py­ja­mas, un­der­wear, toi­letries and ac­tiv­ity books that pro­vide per­sonal care and com­fort while away from home.

They are dis­trib­uted to chil­dren who are vic­tims of abuse or ne­glect or are in­volved in trau­matic sit­u­a­tions such as road ac­ci­dents or bush­fires.

“The stu­dents usu­ally have to com­plete ac­tiv­i­ties that demon­strate ran­dom acts of kind­ness, sav­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and work­ing with the com­mu­nity as part of their jour­ney to black belt,” JMA coowner Sam Moland said.

“This time, JMA mem­ber Sian Yates sug­gested sup­port­ing Con­sta­ble Care to teach the stu­dents to look out­side their own com­fort zone and reach out to oth­ers who may need it more.”

“The stu­dents re­ally jumped on board with this pro­ject and thought about how they would feel in one of these dev­as­tat­ing sit­u­a­tions,” he said.

Con­sta­ble Care vis­ited the club last month to col­lect the do­na­tions and learn some self­de­fence tech­niques.

Mr Moland said be­cause the pro­ject went so well, the stu­dents will now choose a char­ity to sup­port for each grad­ing cy­cle.

To do­nate to the pro­gram, email or call 9272 0000.

David Kins­man and Con­sta­ble Care pro­gram with Pais­ley Nel­son (4) and Grace De­boo (5).

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