5:30 a.m., Nov. 13)
Martial arts club members raise over $20K for Roger Neilson House
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Nine-year-old Hunter Turriff breaks the third of four boards after completing 100 kicks as part of the Edge Taekwon-Do Academy's Kick-a-Thon on Nov. 12. Fred
Members of the Edge Taekwon-Do Academy on St-Joseph Blvd. raised over $20,000 for the Roger Neilson House on Saturday one kick at a time.
The event "kicked" off shortly before 1:30 p.m. and wrapped up 20,050 kicks later with the breaking of the last of 802 boards, or one for every $25 raised.
Edge's head instrcutor Joel Denis said more than 60 students took part in the event, the youngest of which provided 10 kicks each, while one member threw more than 1,900 kicks and broke more than 70 boards after raising over $1,900.
This it the fourth year the Orléans martial arts club has staged the event. In the three previous they managed to raise over $35,000. Saturday's efforts brings the total to over $55,000 with more to come. Edge's sister club in Almonte will be holding their Kick-a-Thon later today.
The Kick-a-Thon is the brainchild of Edge member Carol Chevalier who works at Roger's House as a social worker providing therapeutic programming and support for parents along the trajectory of their children's illness.
"Mr. Denis is a huge proponent of supporting the community and wanting to give back so I just saw it as a great opportunity to collaborate and do something wonderful for (Roger Neilson House)," said Chevalier, who is understandaby proud of the results.
"I'm so proud of the students. They have rally bought into this idea and it also has been great for Roger Neilson House because we've been able to educate the Orléans community about what we do and people are really excited to help so that's been great."
Roger Neilson House is a paediatric respite and palliative care home dedicated to enhancing the comfort and quality of life of children and their families in a time of need.
Located on the grounds of CHEO, Roger Neilson House provides a comprehensive paediatric palliative care program with elements of outreach, residential hospice, pain and symptom management, grief and bereavement counselling and research.
To learn more visit http://rogerneilsonhouse.ca/.
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