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Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do breaks boards for International Justice

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Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do will host its annual Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains fundraiser for International Justice Mission on Saturday, April 22, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the gym of the Church of the Open Bible (290 19th Avenue NE, Swift Current). 


Students have been gathering pledges in an effort to support the event. Each belt level has been encouraged to participate and presentations will be made to the top two fundraisers (individual and family). The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with an official board-breaking launch and welcome by Chief Instructor Gary Voysey. The general public and media are welcome to attend. 

Thanks to Great Plains College, Trailview Builders, Tim Hortons and Sunset Gourmet, close to 300 boards will be broken using various Tae Kwon Do techniques. Refreshments will be available to enjoy and door prizes will be provided. The Church of the Open Bible also donated the use of their gym so that all proceeds could go directly to IJM. 

Over the past three years, Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do has raised approximately $23,000 for IJM, which currently has ongoing operations in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Peru. This year, funds raised will be put toward the rescue and recovery of child sexual assault victims in Bolivia. 

With the help of financial donations, IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers are able to intervene in individual cases of abuse. In Bolivia, the dismal odds of getting justice stop many families from ever trying, especially those living in poverty. Courts are backlogged and the average case takes three to seven years. In the seven years before IJM opened an office, courts issued fewer than three convictions a year for child sexual assault. But in their first seven years located in the high-altitude city of La Paz, IJM has secured more than 50 convictions against rapists and violent criminals. 

Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do was established in 2012 in Swift Current and currently provides strength, confidence and guidance to over 110 members (ages 4 to 62) each week through various classes. For more information, visit


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