First of all, I want to thank everyone for their generous support during our
silent auction. Despite getting two feet of snow on the date of the event
and having to rush to reschedule it just a few days later so we could still
hold it before Christmas, we raised $2,500 for SPAN! Once again we proved
that while Jing Ying is not a huge school, our students have huge hearts.
The Chinese New Year of the Tiger starts on February 14 (a double lucky day
as it is also Valentine's Day!) and although we will make a separate post
about the many upcoming workshops and activities during the 2-week
celebration, this message will focus on just one of the events - the Martial
Hearts for Haiti fundraiser on Saturday, February 20.
For those of you who don't know the history of Jing Ying's Chinese New Year
celebrations, they started 5 years ago. As we were planning the first one,
the Asian Tsunami hit in December of 2004. Like so many others in the world,
we felt the call to reach out to support the victims of the Tsunami. We
quickly changed our original plans to make the celebration a fundraiser. It
was such a success and we got so much support from the community and other
martial arts schools that we decided to have an annual fundraiser to support
local charities as there is always a constant need.
Although we have just had our annual silent auction fundraiser, the need in
Haiti calls for us to once again support international relief efforts. We
ask you to participate in our kick-a-thon on February 20 by pledging to
perform 1,000 kicks or by sponsoring someone else who will be kicking. It
sounds like a lot, but 1,000 kicks is not that much. Any discomfort or
soreness you may experience is nothing compared to the suffering going on in
Haiti, and your efforts can do so much to help others. After every 250
kicks, participants will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to
continue to the next round so no one should let the number hold them back
from volunteering. We also need people to bring a favorite dish to share.
The kick-a-thon will start at 5:30 pm and will include some demonstrations.
We are inviting other schools to participate and issuing some friendly
challenges to see who can raise the most in donations. After the
kick-a-thon, we will have Caribbean-themed food and refreshments and around
7:00 pm will transition to music and dancing. Our DJs will be Sean Marshall
and Jose Vega, and you can expect a heavy Caribbean flavor to the music as
well as the food. We are suggesting donations of at least $10 per person to
attend or $100 in kick-a-thon pledges.
Come join us in the spirit of kung fu - working hard, doing good, and having
Billy L Greer
Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi
Attached is a pledge sheet and cover letter for the kick-a-thon.