On Saturday 31st August, we held our summer equipment fun class, which also served as a fundraiser for the KUGB's charity for 2019-2020, the Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust.
The club committee decided to donate £2 for every club member who joined in with the various activities throughout the class. In total, this came to £90. We also had a kind donation of £5 from Nick Sandeman, who was unable to make the class. The committee decided to then round this total up to £100, and chairperson Lynn Gibson presented the cheque to Sensei Jill and Sensei Trish, who will pass it on to the charity.
Zachary Geddis was only 20 years old when he died by suicide on March 18th 2017 in his University accommodation halls whilst attending the University of the Arts London studying Fashion Illustration. He was a KUGB Northern Ireland International competitor and loved, adored and admired by all those that knew him.
His sister Yasmin made a promise that his name will live on and started the 'Break the Silence Trust' with the aim of changing the Mental Health System forever, highlighting the importance of looking after your mind, bringing more well needed attention to the area of Mental Illness and decreasing the stigma surrounding suicide. To be a voice for those who have been silenced and to fight for those who can no longer fight.
Well done to everyone for taking part today! More information on the Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust can be found on their website: zacharygeddisbreakthesilencetrust.org
A full gallery of pictures from both our Thursday and Saturday equipment classes can be found here.