Kung-fu legend Jackie Chan has helped keep a martial arts-based activity programme going through the summer for people with special educational needs.
The European wing of his Dragon’s Heart charity, which started out in China to help disadavantaged children, the elderly and handicapped, donated £650 to the Sanjuro club night at Bruce Grove Youth Centre at last week.
The 12-week programme by Sanjuro Martial Arts, which is run in collaboration with Haringey Council’s youth services, has been going for the past two years after proving popular with members.
The money will pay for a youth worker and junior instructor to attend each evening session.
The charity’s representatives Gail Frith, Ben Lewis and Jane Keitch visited the centre in Bruce Grove, Tottenham, to present the money and get some first-hand experience of its work.
They said: “We were all very impressed by the enthusiasm and positive energy shown by the students who clearly found their training great fun as well as challenging. We felt very inspired after watching the students demonstrate their abilities and we are proud to support this project”.
Paul Kirsarkye, of Haringey’s children and young people’s service, thanked the team for the donation and recognition “for the success that it is, not only for the students who take part but also as a valuable and rare provision for our community”.
The weekly classes are also funded by national sports charity StreetGames and Circle 33 Housing Trust.
- Sanjuro will be providing a demo and free interactive workshops on the bowls lawn at Bruce Castle, Lordhsip Lane, Tottenham, as part of the Tottenham Active launch on Saturday, July 6.