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Break-a-thon to break chains

Students from Richmond Martial Arts will be participating in a break-a-thon at Lansdowne Centre on Saturday, April 26, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Johnny Ahmed said his students will be collecting pledges to break boards, with every dollar going to the charity International Justice Mission.

Earlier this year, Dean Siminoff, of Kootenay Christian Martial Arts, issued a challenge to other martial arts schools to raise awareness and financial support to help free modern-day slaves in Third World countries.

Proceeds from the Richmond event will go to International Justice Mission Canada, a human rights organization that seeks justice for victims of violent oppression and slavery, and which relies on financial support to fund their rescue operations.

Through the work of International Justice Mission Canada, 3,555 children, women and men were relieved from oppression, including:

• 2,266 were set free from forced slavery in India

• 239 girls and young women were rescued from sex trafficking in India, Cambodia and the Philippines

• 400 widows and orphans had their property restored in Uganda and Zambia

• 43 innocent men and women were set free from prison in Kenya.

For information about International Justice Mission Canada, visit


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