This year at JMA we are hoping to encourage the wonderful JMA community charitable spirit! With that in mind we've decided to partner with the WA Police charity, Constable Care and their Comfort Pack Program.
'The program aims to supply front line emergency service workers with care packs to give to children who are being temporarily relocated from their homes due to accident, emergency or as a result of crime. The backpacks are age and gender appropriate and contain necessities such as pyjamas, underwear, toothbrush and paste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, hair brush, story book, teddy bear, etc.'
Instead of students completing their 5 Leadership Tasks on their grading form we will be asking that everyone assembles a Comfort Pack for children in need. - You can opt out of this and do the normal 5 tasks - The age range is 0-16 so ideally it would be great if students assemble a pack for another child their age but you can choose. You do not need to fill the back pack with all the items, just what you can afford to purchase or even better donate! The idea is to help with Comfort Pack program but also to encourage our students to think about others and how great they will feel knowing they have helped someone else in need.
We are encouraging everyone to participate from all programs including Little Tigers and the adult classes - TKD and Box and Burn - you can also spread the word and ask family and friends if they want to be involved too!
We will be collecting the donations at the club during March leading up to the April grading. Thank you all in advance for your support. We're really excited for this project! You can read more about the program below!
Well done and Thank You to Jarn, Jasmir and Symba for showing their initiative and purchasing some plants for the JMA gym. This was part of their grading syllabus to show understanding and care for the environment. They purchased the plants with their own saved up money and have certainly helped make our envirnoment more green.
Thank you very much for choosing to purchase the plants for the Club and members to enjoy - not only is this showing your care for the environment but you are showing kindness to others as well!
Inspiring and dedicated work! Well done!
At JMA we are always looking for new ways to help the environment. Part of our kids traditional syllabus requires them to find ways to help their environment so that they can grade to the next level. We want to teach them the importance of leadership and how becoming a black belt isn't all about learning taekwondo - its about being a black belt in all areas of your life - including looking after your environment.
Its not just our kids that need to clean up the environment, we can all try to make a difference! Below is some important information from Box and Burner Phoebe Browning on how muchwe can all make changes -
Everyone knows that rising CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions are a cause for concern in the environment today.
An increased concentration of CO2 from human based sources, as well as other "greenhouse" gases, is a major contributor to global warming.
But did you know:
- watching TV on your flatscreen or plasma for 25 hours a week emits 276Kg of CO2 into the atmosphere per year
- boiling a kettle for about 5 hours per week emits a massive 794Kg of CO2 into the atmosphere per year
...and even leaving lights (regular, not halogen) on around the house, for around 24 hours per week, emits a massive 99Kg of CO2 into the atmosphere per year (PER LIGHTGLOBE!)
So the next time you watch TV or have the lights on, turn them off when you leave the room to do something else and then put them back on when you're in the room!
It's not just vehicles and industry that are slowly heating our poor planet!
As part of the JMA philosophy we will be bringing you environmental, health and nutritional news and information from around the world.
The New South Wales Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon will become the first in Australia to ban the sale of bottled water today.
Bottles of water have been taken off the shelves of businesses throughout Bundanoon ahead of the introduction of an official ban.
More than 350 Bundanoon residents voted in July to support the "Bundy on Tap" campaign.
Two months on and reusable plastic bottles are now being sold in shops and a number of water stations have been installed.
Bundy on Tap was initiated by Huw Kingston, who says the reusable bottles have proved extremely popular since sales began a week ago.
"Some of the retailers have sold 150 or so of the refillable bottles in the five or six days," he said.
"I know it's very much a novelty but they've been going gangbusters."
A parade and presentation will be held to launch the initiative