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Greater Trail martial artists give heart and soul to slavery cause

Brooklin Boucher (left) and Andrew Tite (right), and many more young martial artists from Heart and Soul Tae Kwon Do will be at the Waneta Mall on Saturday breaking boards to help raise funds for the International Justice Mission. - Jim Bailey
Brooklin Boucher (left) and Andrew Tite (right), and many more young martial artists from Heart and Soul Tae Kwon Do will be at the Waneta Mall on Saturday breaking boards to help raise funds for the International Justice Mission.
— image credit: Jim Bailey

Beaver Valley’s Heart and Soul Tae Kwon Do students will be breaking boards in an effort to break the chains of world slavery at the Waneta Mall on Saturday.

The Fruitvale martial arts club is partnering with the International Justice Mission Canada (IJM), a humanitarian group, to help secure justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and other forms of violent oppression.

Head instructor Master Jakki Van Hemert and up to 20 students will be breaking boards and collecting pledges to raise funds for the cause that aims to help some of the close to 30-million people enslaved worldwide.

IJM is an organization that investigates, rescues, and rehabilitates victims of oppression. Their goal is to raise awareness for this important cause, estimating that for each “rescue mission” it costs about $4,500, and each mission has the potential to rescue many slaves at once.

Heart and Soul will be out in force on Saturday, breaking boards with fists and feet to raise money and help break the chains of world slavery.

To donate or make a pledge call Heart and Soul’s executive assistant Lynn Russell at 368-1248, or visit the Waneta Mall between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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