The Karate Charity was founded earlier this year by Nottingham Trent University student Tarran Huntley.
The charity looks to use Karate to help increase the motor functions of people suffering from diseases or injuries that effect movement and help people build confidence and a healthy lifestyle, with beneficiaries also including sexual assault or domestic violence victims, troubled youngsters and people combating obesity.
“For me, Karate has been a big influence on my life, keeping me positive through a lot of dark times,” said Huntley. “Throughout the years at the club, we’ve seen people come in suffering from depression, mental illnesses, learning difficulties and seen karate really improving their lives, giving them security within themselves and we want to continue doing this with the charity.”
The charity is currently joining forces with the Renewal Trust in St Anns, Sneinton and Mapperley, getting involved with youth workers there to bring young people into karate and keep them away from crime.
They’re also going into a lot of schools with a healthy living programme, as well as running programmes to help with knife and street crime awareness, helping with self-defence and mental preparation.
The charity is officially launching tonight with a black tie ball, where Nottinghamshire-born Paralympic medallists Sam and Ollie Hynd will be special guest speakers, talking about the importance of disability sport.
During the year the charity is also planning a variety of fundraising events, including entry into the ‘Mens Health Survival of the Fittest’ challenge in Nottingham, while they will also be hosting a free three hour introductory karate course at Hucknall Leisure Centre on October 7th between 2 and 5pm, giving a basic crash course in Karate that is open to anyone.
More details on the charity and about its events can be found at http://www.thekaratecharity.org, or you can contact Tarran on 07860521301.