Shorinji Kempo 2003 Toronto "Kickathon"
On May 28, 2003, Shorinji Kempo members from Toronto and Eglinton Branches each perfomed 300 successive kicks in the annual Shorinji Kempo "Kickathon" in aid of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation. Similar events are held in the month of May each year by all Shorinji Kempo Branches worldwide to commemorate the passing of Kaiso Doshin So (1911-1980) - the Founder of Shorinji Kempo. The goal of our event is to raise funds for drug cessation programs and research provided by the CAMH.
This year's event proved to be a success and we were able to raise $7,000 in sponsorship. The Toronto annual Kickathon event has cumulatively raised $36,500 for the CAMH Foundation.
The cheque presentation was made to CAMH Foundation President Mary Deacon on July 23, 2003 at the Centre. Shorinji Kempo Toronto Branch Master John McCulloch commented "We would like to thank our many generous sponsors for their assistance. We are proud to do what we can to help the sterling efforts of CAMH in the field of drug addiction recovery and we salute the many clinicians, therapists and researchers of CAMH who engage in this important work every day."
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