Thursday, June 12, 2014
The fifth annual Board Break-a-thon recently took place at Mount Pleasant Karate in Park West. The yearly event benefits breakthroughs in critical health care for youth at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Each “crack” of splintered boards meant donated dollars to the children’s hospital providing life-saving care for children both here and around the world. Each board was $5 a “pop,” adding up to thousands of dollars in donations for the charity.
Master Glenn Arnold, owner and chief instructor at Mount Pleasant Karate in Park West said, “I am thrilled with the turnout because St. Jude’s depends on donations to make it possible to treat every child who comes, regardless of their ability to pay. Each year numerous Lowcountry children benefit from St. Jude’s research and patient care.”
At the Board Break-a-thon, children of all ages, adult students and even some parents got into the spirit of service in the tradition of the Hwarang Knights/Samurai by facing the pine boards with a variety of techniques. The event included a cookout and opportunities to learn techniques. The school teaches the Korean art of traditional Tang Soo Do to children, teens and adults at the school and through Karate for Success in local schools. Area businesses donated services for donations to St. Jude’s as well. Donations for this event will continue for the next several weeks. Go the www.mtpleasantkarate.com and click on St. Jude’s Break-a-thon for a direct link to donate to the hospital.