Fighting For Change Fundraiser

November 9, 2015
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Fighting For Change Fundraiser at The Blarney Stone on Sunday November 22nd at 7:00pm. For the $10 ticket you can be the change you want for this world while being entertained.

Take a stroll down Vancouver’s Main Street, West 4th or Robson and you’ll often find folks asking for spare change or gregarious canvassers looking for donations to Greenpeace or Amnesty International. If you are like me, you probably make up some excuse not to stop or try to time it so that people walking around you strategically fall prey first so you can quickly sachet by. Why do we do this? Is it because we’re skeptics? Cheap? Apathetic? All of the above? Well, here is a chance to make up for our collective scroodge-a-tude.

The Blarney Stone is hosting the Fighting for Change fundraiser on Sunday November 22rd at 7pm. What’s in it for you? A $10 ticket gets you in the door so you can tip back cheap pints of Guinness and Magners while watching performances from The Dance Initiative, The Army of Sass, the Laine McAuley Band and an art display by Carling Jackson. The kicker is that you are helping to raise money for Fighting for Change, a grassroots women’s self-defense program created by martial artist and international dance legend Joel Hanna, backed by Arun Ghandi (Mahatman Ghandi’s son). Funds raised will go to Hanna and his team so they can offer the program this December in Udaipur, India at no charge to participants.

“Joel Hanna is being the change we all wish to see in the world,” says Arun Ghandi of the program, a huge endorsement and underscores his support in the need for social change in cities across the nation. Women that take the program will walk away empowered to protect themselves and those around them, with skills and techniques to avoid violence. Should the need arise, they also walk away with practical methods of Wing Chung Kung fu, Go Ju Ryu Karate, and Jujitsu to protect themselves.

Rape is the forth most common crime against women in India. Approximately only 1% of rapes in India are actually reported; 98% of rapes reported are committed by someone known to the victim.

Let’s recap: For the price of ducking your daily smoothy fix you can watch a great show, drink cheap booze and feel good about being the change rather than sparing loose change, er, for a change.