Ming Kit Kwan poses with Rona Park of the Nelson Community Centre after donating money to the organization.

Ming Kit Kwan poses with Rona Park of the Nelson Community Centre after donating money to the organization.

Qigong society donates $58,000 to charities

The recipients are the Nelson CARES Society, ANKORS Foundation Fund, Nelson Food Cupboard, Our Daily Bread and others.

Since its inception in 2005, the Kootenay Qigong Wellness Centre Society with master Ming Kit Kwan has been offering qigong classes in Nelson.

The ultimate goal of the organization was to build a Qigong Wellness Centre in Nelson to promote Qigong as a valuable complement to other forms of health care through workshops, classes and courses.

However, the Society has, with the consent of the broader membership, decided not to go ahead with those plans.

As a consequence, the society has decided to dissolve and donate $58,000 to local charities. The recipients are the Nelson CARES Society, ANKORS Foundation Fund, Nelson Food Cupboard, Our Daily Bread, Aimee Beaulieu Transition House, Salvation Army, and Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society.

Although the society is dissolving, classes will continue with Kwan and others. They take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Seniors Centre at 701 Vernon St. and Thursdays at the United Church 602 Silica St. (Fairview Room). Admission is $2.50.

For over 20 years, Kwan has been teaching qigong in the Kootenays and many other locations in Canada and the US.

Qigong is for everyone. People of all ages and medical conditions are welcome. The exercises are easy, non-strenuous and help reduce stress and tension.