The RECENT well attended martial arts demonstration hosted by Melbourne’s Chinese community in aid of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) has proved “a major success.’’
Organiser Catherine Tan said more $15,000 was raised at the event in Ascot Vale which attracted close to close to 400 people who joined the fundraising fight against cancer at a meet and greet and martial art demonstration, which was followed by with some fine dining. She said the night had gone off “without a hitch’’.
“I was not stressed at all and many people have rung me already expressing support saying they had a great time,’’ she said.
“It looks like we will be doing another one next year as people are already trying to book tables”.
“Not only were there significant funds raised for the ACRF bit it provided members of the martial arts community with an invaluable opportunity to do a bit of bonding and networking.’’
Earlier Tan had said she did not just want to “talk’’ about the fight against cancer but to “follow through as well.’’
“Last year I was suddenly struck by how many people around me, including my own family, personal friends and customers at our martial arts school, were all being affected by cancer,’’ she said.
“Rather than just talk about it I decided to act because I knew a lot of people would support me with a fund raiser. And this has indeed happened.’’
“Martial arts people are all very healthy but it does not mean that cancer cannot affect them and their families,’’ she said.
“There was not one specific cancer I wanted to target but all cancer.’’
Tan said she did extensive research before deciding that the ACRF would be the beneficiary of her martial arts evening.
She thanked the generosity of all who attended her event in particular the Chinese Lion Dance Company .
“Not only did this much in demand act perform for free but they also donated $2000,’’ she said.
“A huge thank you to them.’’
The evening also included several martial arts schools performing demonstrations and a speech by ACRF Board member Mr Greg Camm.
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