KTW Christmas Cheer Fund: Kicking in for the 18th year

The students at Western Karate Academy have once again helped build the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund substantially through their annual kickathon, donating $6,275 to the cause

They keep kicking, day in and day out — and, on two specific days each year — while counting to 1,000.

The students at Western Karate Academy have once again helped build the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund substantially through their annual kickathon.

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Each year, academy owner and sensei Jim Doan organizes the event, which sees the karate kids of all ages given pledge forms and asked to fill those sheets with donations to the Cheer Fund.

Jim Doan
Jim Doan, owner and sensei of Western Karate Academy, made his annual visit to Kamloops This Week with a $6,275 donation to the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund. His students raised the money via the school’s annual kickathon. - Sean Brady/KTW

On two days in late November — one afternoon in the gym at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral downtown and a second afternoon at Christ Community Church’s gymnasium in North Kamloops — students then fulfil their part of the pledge sheet bargain.

In exchange for donations pledged by family, friends and strangers, students perform 1,000 kicks in a row.

This year, academy students raised $6,275 for the cause. Since 2002, the Western Karate Academy has kicked in more than $108,000 for the fund that helps local charities — with $70,000 of that being raised in the past seven years.

Of the $6,275 raised this year, almost 40 per cent was collected by the father-son team of Matt and Denver Mckinlay, the dynamic karate duo who pound the pavement each year in the name of the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund

This year, they raised $2,365.

Doan has often said he believes it is important to instill the value of giving in children at an early age, which is why the kickathon has been so successful through two decades.

“I want to increase the amount raised next year with more participation by our newer members,” Doan said, noting the more neophyte academy students may not appreciate how deeply ingrained the academy is with the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund.

To learn more about the Western Karate Academy, go online to westernkarateacademy.com, email westernkarateacademy@yahoo.ca or call 250-376-5428.

Christmas Cheer Fund

TO DONATE, GO ONLINE TO KAMLOOPSTHISWEEK.COM/CHEER OR DROP BY THE KTW OFFICE AT 1365B DALHOUSIE DR. IN SOUTHGATE (JUST SOUTH OF THE NOTRE DAME DRIVE/DALHOUSIE DRIVE INTERSECTION). WE ARE OPEN WEEKDAYS FROM 8 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. (THOUGH CLOSED AT NOON ON DEC. 24 AND CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY AND NEW YEAR'S DAY).

THANK YOU, DONORS!

• BC Old Time Fiddlers’ Association: $100

• Ron and Susan Durant: $100

• In memory of Pat Liddy: $20

• In memory of my brothers, Andrew and Joe Liddy: $20

• John and Val Kemp: $100

• Darren, Sharlene and Kyle McIlwain: $158

• Marg Clements: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Anonymous: $20

• Anonymous: $125

• Passion for the Fashion Show: $194.85

• The Posse: $200

• Amy Regen: $100

• Vic and Sally Mowbray: $100

• Jo-Mary Hunter: $200

• Anonymous: $200

• Lois McAlary, in memory of Sarah McAlary: $100

• Evelyn Meyer: $60

• Anonymous: $100

• Donna Sharpe: $50

• In memory of James F. Maloney: $500

• Ladies of the Lake: $325

• Music Lovers: $72.35

• Brenda and Ken Christian: $100

• Tim Shoults, Tara Holmes and Ken Christian: $20

• St. John Vianney Bridge Club: $225

• In memory of Sam and Teresa Bruno: $100

• Anonymous: $25

• Anonymous: $500

• Rick Bennett: $50

• Tom and Sharon Moore: $100

• Staff at Country Auto Sales: $600

• Wendy and Kim, in memory of Peter Basson and John Healy: $25

• Sharon Cooley, in memory of Ruth Cooley: $50

• Gordon Harris and Gwen Watson: $400

• Don Whyte and Gail Cameron: $150

• Anonymous, in memory of Peter Howard: $100

• Lynne Totten: $100

• In memory of Douglas: $150

• Cal and Pat Moulton: $100

• Colleen Stainton: $200

• Anonymous: $100

• In memory of Wilf Schmidt: $200

• Jerry Neigel: $300

• Anonymous: $250

• Ken and Marylyne House: $50

• Cathy and Phil Holman: $100

• McGowan Park elementary Grade 5 class: $175

• Shirlee Ezowski: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Lisa Michie: $100

• A. and G. Morrissette: $200

• Anonymous: $100

• Anonymous: $50

• Ms. Bea Smith: $25

• Bingley, Nek and Smidge: $75

• Anonymous: $100

• Kamloops Seniors Village: $250

• Teresa and Colman Byrne: $200

• Libby Denbigh, in memory of David and Rachel: $50

• Anonymous: $40

• Anne Wade: $75

• KTW fundraising dinner at the Commodore: $1,251.50

• Anonymous: $50

• Sandra Never, in memory of mom Pat Swaine: $50

• Anonymous: $20

• Mavis Paravantes, in memory of Teddy: $25

• Wesley, Vanessa and Christina Mah: $150

• Wally and Wendy Reddeman: $100

• Gladys and Ken Klepachek: $50

• Anonymous: $50

• Anonymous: $250

• Muriel Botham: $100

• Richard and Terry Taylor: $100

• Kenneth and Diana Sharman: $200

• Judy and Tom Edwards: $50

• Gerald and Wendy Patrick: $100

• Ed and Dianne Barker: $100

• Jane and Buzz Osterloh: $100

• J. Manville: $50

• Len Knight: $25

• Chris and Angela de Haan: $300

• Anonymous: $100

• In memory of mom and dad, Ole and Minnie Cook: $200

• In memory of Nail Dorais: $200

• Anonymous: $300

• Bill and Carol Greenhalgh: $400

• Roy Simmonds: $50

• Margaret Sandulak: $100

• Wayne and Twink Murphy: $25

• Anonymous: $35

• Anonymous: $100

• Edward and Hazel Hakansson: $100

• In memory of Noel Kirby, from family: $100

• Rosemary Anderson: $100

• J.R. Mason: $100

• Anonymous: $25

• Anonymous: $50

• Anonymous: $20

• Anonymous: $100

• Linda Jackson, in memory of George Wilmot: $100

• Jim, in memory of Betty Jean Carnegie: $25

• Lorna McMillan and Robin Johnson: $50

• Lillian Francis and family, in memory of Harry Francis: $100

• Susan Peachey: $50

• Gold’s Golden Gals: $1,029.05

• Western Karate Academy: $6,275

• In memory of Brett and Bob: $100

• Verita and Case Van Diemen: $500

• Gunny and Carmen: $25

• Ruth Silver: $20

• Libby Davies: $20

• From the Needlemania Ladies: $25

• Noreen Rozek, in memory of Pat Rozek: $100

• Janeen Asfeldt, in memory of husband Dr. Johs Asfeldt: $100

• Barbara Humphrey: $100

• Anonymous: $200

• Sharon LeStage: $50

• Gary and Carol Bacon: $100

• Sue Turner: $200

• Patsy Schell: $100

• Tina Lange: $100

• Anonymous, in memory of Harold Bedard: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• Evan and Wendy Lichlyter: $100

• M. and D. Hegarty: $100

• Tony and Kaz Dufficy: $100

• Shirley Smith: $50

• Patti Willis: $100

• Marie Kabus: $100

• Sandy Osborne: $100

• Don Blake: $100

• Jo Ann and Peter Hall: $200

• Don and Debby Erickson: $100

• Anonymous: $100

• City Centre Auto Service: $500

• Anonymous: $100

• Spencer and Janet Bryson: $200

• Anonymous: $75

• Anonymous: $50

• Anonymous: $50

• Taya Berkhout: $250

• Anonymous: $50

• Daryl Shinkewski: $100

• Anonymous: $100

TOTAL TO DATE: $26,050.75

© Kamloops This Week

 


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