Martial arts event in Ely raises money for devastating Australian bushfires

Martial arts event in Ely raises money for devastating Australian bushfires. Picture: SUPPLIED

Martial arts event in Ely raises money for devastating Australian bushfires. Picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant

A martial arts event held in Ely raised more than £160 for the devastating bushfires in Australia.

Martial arts event in Ely raises money for devastating Australian bushfires. Picture: SUPPLIED

Martial arts event in Ely raises money for devastating Australian bushfires. Picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant

Instructor Richard Holborn has had family affected by the catastrophic impact of the bushfires down under.

The 52-year-old knew that he wanted to do something to help the firefighters and wildlife at risk - so has decided to use his passion of martial arts to make a difference.

Around 16 people attended at Centre E, in Barton Road, to practice the martial art of Wing Chun.

A GoFundMe page also set up by Richard has raised just under £300.

Martial arts event in Ely raises money for devastating Australian bushfires. Picture: SUPPLIED

Martial arts event in Ely raises money for devastating Australian bushfires. Picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant


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The money will be split between The Rural Fire Brigade Association Queensland and WIRES a wildlife rescue organisation.

Richard said: "It went really well and people came from Norfolk and St Neots.

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"We've also had a few donations from other martial artists from all over the UK and Australia.

"It was also very generous of Centre E to waiver their usual room charges as a contribution."

The GoFundMe page will remain live until February 3, to donate visit https://bit.ly/2NK8mvs

Ely Wing Chun train Tuesday 7 to 8.30pm at The Ely Beet Club.

Contact 07443583802, email elywingchun@hotmail.co.uk or on Facebook at Sifu Rich Wing Chun.

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