Did you know that there are 27 million slaves in the world today?
Master Dean Siminoff’s Tae Kwon Do school is working with the youth group at the Nelson Evangelical Covenant Church to raise awareness and financial support to help free these modern day slaves, focussing on their student oath that says they are, “Champions of Freedom and Justice.”
Saturday afternoon the Kootenay Christian Tae Kwon Do school held a demonstration and break-a-thon at Chakho Mika Mall to raise awareness about the issue.
They have been learning a little bit about slavery and how adults and many children are being unfairly treated and don’t have their own freedom. International Justice Mission (IJM) is an organization that investigates, rescues, and rehabilitates victims of oppression. They also have lawyers and police officers that help prosecute the criminals who have broken the laws and mistreated these slaves.
Siminoff’s goal, along with what the youth group has already raised, is $4500 which is the average cost of a rescue mission and has the potential to rescue many slaves at once.
In the finale, 27 boards representing the 27 million slaves were broken. For more information about TKD or to donate contact Siminoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or check the school out online at www.kootenaymartialarts.com