Our charity work

Our charity work last year sponsored underprivileged and disabled kids to a rural property with their families for some repsite and new adventures they normally could not do.

These photos are of the recent kids attending and it's a credit to the club for making this happen.
Our thanks to Chris and Karin Gardner for their wonderful work in hosting these children .

Chinchilla Men’s Shed

On the 19th Of May at the Chinchilla Museum there will be the grand opening of the “Chinchilla Men’s Shed”
The Chinchilla Men’s Shed is an initiative of the Apex Club of Chinchilla backed by the Australian Men’s Shed Association”

What is a Men’s Shed? Extract taken from http://www.mensshed.org/home/.aspx “The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men’s Sheds are springing up all around Australia. If you looked inside one you might see a number of men restoring furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school, maybe making Mynah bird traps or fixing lawn mowers or making a kids cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle.

You might also see a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with. You will see tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area where men can sit and talk. You will probably also see an area where men can learn to cook for themselves or they can learn how to contact their families by computer.”

The initiative is one that I personally feel aligns with our clubs values and principles and as such I would like to see members within our club donate small tools and pieces of equipment that the men’s shed could use.

What can I donate?

  • Hammers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Electrical items such as Saws etc are more than welcome.
  • Any Tool Item is more than welcome!
  • Tools can be brought to classes between now and the 19th of May or they maybe taken directly to the Opening Day in which all are welcome to attend.

Any Questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Dale Exon
Russell Macathur Taekwondo – Darling Downs
0429 638 242
Po Box 223
Chinchilla Qld 4413

Million Paws Walk 2012

The RSPCA is running the Million Paws Walk again in 2012, and our club via M/S Jessica Orr is organising a team to walk. Jessica has provided the following information.

We will be helping to raise vital funds to assist in caring for more than 18,000 dogs that their Animal Care Centres receive each year. These dogs are not as fortunate as your much loved family pet. They often need to be desexed and vaccinated before they can be put on the road to finding a new home. I got my dog Cosmo from the RSPCA after he was hit by a car and disowned by his previous family and without the RSPCAs hard work, he most likely would have not had this second chance. So whether you have a dog or not, you can walk on Sunday 20 May and fundraise to help make a real difference to the lives of these
18,000 dogs.

Yearly costs involved in caring for these dogs include:

  • $360,000 for vaccination medication
  • $270,000 to provide heartworm treatment
  • $216,000 to provide food and shelter

I am organising a team to walk at Cleveland (GJ Walter Park, Shore St East). It is a fun day out for the whole family as there will be entertainment, food and drink and lots of animal fun! The walk starts at 10am. Registration costs are below. Concession counts as student, pensioner, or senior.

Registration prices available until 5.00pm Friday 18 May

  • Adult: $12
  • Child: $6
  • Family: $28
  • Concession: $8

Registration prices, 18 May onwards

  • Adult : $15
  • Child: $10
  • Family : $35
  • Concession: $10

To register go to: http://qld.millionpawswalk.com.au/default.asp?PageID=21344 Once you have registered (or just donate if you cannot attend), go to this page to sign up for our fundraising page (the password is black belt) and click on the join this team button under the donate now button (or click on the donate now button if you can’t come), then signup for fundraising:

Get your family and friends to donate as well! Remember all funds raised will be going to the RSPCA to help all disadvantaged animals – big and small! Once you have done that, send me an email (jessica.orr.is@gmail.com) with who is walking and what size shirt they will need (Mr Macarthur has shirts which are used for other fundraising events which he is kindly allowing us to borrow for the day!). These will be distributed before the walk so we can look super awesome on the day!

Any questions, feel free to email me!

Jessica Orr

Additionally, the club has now become a corporate sponsor of the RSPCA. We are also looking to organise a volunteering day at the RSPCA (on a Thursday) (set by the RSPCA) and sorry only over 18 – RSPCA rules). If you’re interested also send me an email! This will be organised separately from the walk.

Relay for Life - Bayley Beaumont

I’m participating in the RFL 2012.

Relay For Life is an overnight, community event where teams of up to 15 people keep a baton moving in a relay-style walk over 18 hours to raise funds for the Cancer Council.  

Every dollar raised through Relay For Life helps the Cancer Council to:
•  Investigate new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancers. $12 million is invested in research each year.
•  Educate people in your community about ways they can reduce their cancer risk.
•  Advocate for cancer control.
•  Support people during their times of greatest need through financial assistance and free accommodation near treatment facilities in Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba and Brisbane.

You can help support me by making a secure online donation using your credit card here.

Thanks for your support!

Bayley Beaumont - Mt Cotton Club

Russell Macarthur Taekwondo - Parent’s Night Off

It’s the clubs turn to support the parents.

We propose:
Games, Dinner and a Movie for kids and the bonus of parents getting the night off.

What is it?  - This is a great event and a great way for your kids to meet Russell Macarthur students from other clubs. Kids aged from 4 to 80 are invited so if you would like to attend with your children please do.

All proceeds to child sponsorship.

Who – Spaces are limited to the first 60 children.  Supervision will be provided by Senior Russell Macarthur students and instructors who will be contactable throughout the night.

Where - Mt Gravatt Scout hall

Date – Saturday 31 March 2012

Time - 6.00pm to 9.30pm

Kids can start arriving from 5.00pm, a healthy dinner will be served at 6.45 and an appropriate movie will be shown at 7.30 (e.g. only:  Kung-fu Panda or Spy Kids). Please bring a pillow.

Cost - $15.00 for your first child and $10.00 for any subsequent child. Max Family rate $30

RSVP - Please let your instructor know if you are going to attend by 15 March 2012.


Charity Event - provision of toilets at a disabled school in Nepal

As advised in the last newsletter we are well on the way to funding these much needed toilets. What we need to do is finalise this fundraiser so we have decided to make this quite a simple exercise as we still need to raise approximately $1000.00

Rather than having a separate event we have decided to call November our gold coin month. If everyone in the club donates a minimum of a $2 gold coin then we will achieve our target.

During November, I encourage all students to give their instructors a $2 gold coin. Please its only $2 so support this very important charity event.

For those who are unaware, the school has no toilets and we are supporting the efforts of our club Patron, Mr Michael Groom to make this happen.

Join the Macarthur Taekwondo & Hapkido Coffee Break Team

Hey club members, go here to join our team and support group 61 & the coffee break project:


Team password is: jidokwan

To find out more about the project visit the coffee break webiste here

Our club is a sponsor / partner of the project so please get behind it this october and support a great cause

The Coffee Break Project

As a Club we are sponsoring the Coffee Break Project.

The Coffee Break Project encourages the community to give up coffee during the month of October to raise funds for the charity Group 61 and increase awareness for those suffering from mental illness.

The Coffee Break Project aims to draw awareness of the significance and importance that ‘going for a coffee’ has for a particular segment of the community – those with poor mental health. For these people, going for a coffee is much more than just a caffeine kick.

Group 61 pairs volunteers up with people suffering from mental illness (referred to as friends) and volunteers take their ‘friend’ out once a week for coffee and conversation. For many ‘friends’, this is their only weekly outing. This simple act provides these forgotten members of our community with much needed social interaction and grants them greater freedom and confidence.

We challenge the community to have a coffee-free October and seek sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues. All funds raised will go towards Group 61.

PLEASE accept the challenge & take the plunge today: REGISTER as an individual or team.

We have a lot of people in our club and they in turn know a lot of others in the wider community so please spread the word about this great cause and be proactive.

Charity Event – Trivia night in aid of Vision Australia.

Our next charity event is to support the efforts of Vision Australia (Qld Blind Society).

The event will be held at the Mt Gravatt State School – Logan Road Mt Gravatt on Saturday night September 10 commencing at approx 6 p.m.
The cost is only $10 per person.
This is a community event we are helping to run and participate in.
The funds go directly to Vision Australia for much needed equipment.
This charity event can be used towards your black belt promotion requirements.

What I would like to do is book tables at the trivia night and ask those planning to attend to email me or advise your instructor as soon as possible.

Mater Foundation Fundraiser

Raising money for the Adult Oncology Ward at Mater Hospital

“A Little Comfort”

Sitting for my First Dan Black Belt gave me the opportunity to get involved in some charity work. As a average family we try to do what we can donating to local charities, supporting St Vincents by recycling clothes, ect. but nothing that has been so close to my heart as this.

My family and I have a wonderful friend, we were absolutely devastated to be told that she had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, for such a vibrant, beautiful and healthy woman to have been afflicted with such a terrible disease was beyond reason. This brave person went through excruciating surgery’s and many weeks of convalescing at home with only very limited family and friends for support, all the while still running a household, surgery was only the start of her long term road to recovery, she spent the next six months spending long days in the Mater Hospital receiving chemotherapy treatment.

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