Dartford judo champs raise £380 for charity

PUBLISHED: 16:33 29 May 2012

GVP Wk22 Judo Competition

GVP Wk22 Judo Competition

Young martial artists from a Dartford judo academy donated all the proceeds from their first competition on Sunday to a Peruvian charity project.

The Tsukuru Judo academy, which was founded last Christmas, ran the event at St Vincent’s church in Temple Hill because they could not afford another venue.

St Vincent’s charged a nominal fee so to return the favour, the 25 judo students aged between six and 15, decided to donate all profits to the church’s charity - Peruvian Project.

“We could not afford much of a budget so we could not afford most of the venues,” said Tsukuru Academy Coach Dave Quinn, 52, of Watling Street, Dartford.

“The priest was absolutely thrilled about the donation.”

The beginner event raised £380 for the Peruvian charity project through ticket sales.

Money raised will support a community of 40,000 people in the Pervian mountains.

St Vincent’s priest, Father Pat, says the money will be a great help to the Pervian people in the Arequipa area who he described as having “literally nothing”.

He added: “The money will go to the schools, dispensaries and kitchens run. Father Alex Busutil who runs the parish out there will be very grateful.”

Mr Quinn, who is the current British Master’s champion, says he is proud of his students for helping to raise the money but also for taking part in the competition.

“When they have just started up it is quite daunting to go up and fight,” he said. “But they are loving it and they are really keen to have a go.”

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