Imugi Taekwondo Medowie fundraise for Nationals trip

Tony Gillespie, Ali Binskin and Kelly O’Brien on the viewing deck above just some of the stalls within the squash courts.
Tony Gillespie, Ali Binskin and Kelly O’Brien on the viewing deck above just some of the stalls within the squash courts.

 

IMUGI Taekwondo put a call out to the community to see if anyone would be willing to assist them in fundraising to get all fourteen of their members to Nationals.

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The response was overwhelming for this much-loved Medowie business.

In particular, a mother of two of the ‘Star Imugi’s’, Ali Binskin, sprung to action and began planning a Christmas Shopping NIght.

Ali told News Of The Area “Tony and Kell from Imugi are extremely highly thought of in the community and would do anything for anyone, so I happily said I would help raise the money by offering to do the Christmas Shopping Night.”

“We only had two weeks to organise it, but it came together really well, with lots of support.”

Medowie Sports Centre donated the use of their facilities to aid the communities efforts to help these young people attend their Nationals tournament, and Sportz Cafe within the centre agreed to stay open on the night, and donate generous proceedings from a delicious spit roast.

Ali said, “It was great to see so many people in the community attend the night, and how successful it was for the businesses that were there.”

“The stall holders paid for a spot to attend as well as donating a raffle prize and we had a small entry fee for a lucky door prize as well as the raffle sales.”

“In all we raised $1660 for the families, which has put a huge dent in their money required,” she said.

Kelly O’Brien from Imugi was stunned by the support, telling News Of The Area, “”We are so incredibly grateful and humbled by the generosity shown by our community.”

“Easing the financial burden has taken a massive pressure off these families and allowed them to focus on their training.”

“With increased training leading up to the event we are more determined than ever to do our school and community proud.”

“Kumsa humnida!” she said.

News Of The Area will follow the progress of these fourteen students as they participate in their National tournament.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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