You could hear the sounds of boards breaking throughout the mall.
Master Dean Siminoff of Kootenay Christian Martial Arts had his students at the Chahko Mika Mall in Nelson on Saturday afternoon for their annual Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains event.
Students lined up for the opportunity to break boards using hands, feet elbows and more.
The fundraiser is designed to raise awareness and financial support to free modern day slaves.
According to a U.S. senate report completed in 2012, there are 27 million slaves in the world today. By working hand in hand with International Justice Mission Canada (ijm.ca) an organization that seeks justice for victims of violent oppression, Siminoff’s group is trying to raise awareness and financial support to fund their rescue operations.
The total amount raised from the event has yet to be calculated. For more visit breakingboardsbreakingchains.ca.