Swift Cur­rent Chris­tian Tae Kwon Do rec­og­nized for fundrais­ing ef­fort

The Southwest Booster - - REAL ESTATE - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Swift Cur­rent Chris­tian Tae Kwon Do was rec­og­nized this week as the top fundrais­ing club in North Amer­ica for a third straight year for their Break­ing Boards, Break­ing Chains fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive.

The lo­cal club raised a club record to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately $15,000 to help In­ter­na­tional Jus­tice Mis­sion fight sex traf­fick­ing.

“For me it’s just re­ally im­pres­sive. I think it’s great that it’s af­fect­ing so many young peo­ple as well,” said IJM Direc­tor of De­vel­op­ment and Mo­bi­liza­tion, David Pol­len­dine, who trav­eled to Swift Cur­rent to present the award. “Peo­ple don’t re­al­ize, we live in a bit of a bub­ble in the west gen­er­ally, not just in Canada, that there are, ac­cord­ing to the UN, four bil­lion peo­ple liv­ing out­side the pro­tec­tion of the law. We take for granted that if we’ve got a prob­lem we dial 911, but for four bil­lion peo­ple that’s not the re­al­ity, they’re not pro­tected. I think for young peo­ple to have that aware­ness through rais­ing money for projects that we do in In­dia, for ex­am­ple, is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. It’s a whole gen­er­a­tion grow­ing up with that knowl­edge that there are 43 mil­lion peo­ple in slav­ery around the world and they’re do­ing some­thing about it. It’s re­ally ed­u­ca­tional and it’s strate­gic for the fu­ture. I think it’s great for the next gen­er­a­tion here.”

“Yeah it was recog­ni­tion I think my stu­dents re­ally de­serve. They work hard for it and I am proud of each and ev­ery one that stepped up to make a dif­fer­ence,” said Gary Voy­sey, Swift Cur­rent Chris­tian Tae Kwon Do Chief In­struc­tor.

The funds raised in Swift Cur­rent will be used for IJM’S ef­fort in Cal­cutta, In­dia.

“It’s go­ing to go to­wards sex tr“i think hon­estly it’s just the be­lief that we’re mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. The money doesn’t go to a club to buy shirts or any­thing, it is ac­tu­ally is go­ing to help hu­man be­ings in dif­fer­ent parts of the world in dire sit­u­a­tions and I think peo­ple re­ally buy into that,” said Voy­sey of the club’s con­tin­ued suc­cess, head­ing into a sixth-year of fundrais­ing.

Voy­sey is now en­cour­ag­ing other clubs to get in­volved in the fundrais­ing ef­fort.

“We’re talk­ing with other clubs in the prov­ince like Ar­ti­san Taek­wondo out of Regina and other clubs like that to get them on board. Be­ing a mar­tial artist just isn’t about learn­ing a mar­tial art. It’s about try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence, whether it’s in your com­mu­nity or abroad. I’m get­ting in­ter­est from other schools be­cause they see that it is a good event, and the kids have fun with it, but at the same time you are mak­ing a so­cial dif­fer­ence.”

Voy­sey is also ex­cited about his lo­cal club, which con­tin­ues to grow.

“The club is ex­pand­ing, we’re over 120 mem­bers now. We have a big new lo­ca­tion and we’re just grow­ing and fore­casted to keep on grow­ing. We don’t see any signs of slow­ing down in 2019.”

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Swift Cur­rent Chris­tian Tae Kwon Do was the top fundrais­ing club in North Amer­ica with its Break­ing Boards, Break­ing Chains ini­tia­tive to sup­port IJN. Pic­tured (L-R): Leanne Eb­ner, IJM Direc­tor of De­vel­op­ment and Mo­bi­liza­tion, David Pol­len­dine, chief in­struc­tor Gary Voy­sey, and Adam Liu.

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