Arakan Martial Art believes in contributing as much as we can to the community. Throughout the history of the club, we have made a conscious effort to help those in our local community as well as overseas.
Our involvement has ranged from sponsoring over 22 children through World Vision, giving generously to charities such as The Domestic Violence Centre, Dreamworkers, Orangutans in Indonesia, the R.S.P.C.A, Guide Dogs Queensland, White Ribbon Foundation as well as raising over $32,000 to aid the children of Burma after cyclone Nargis in 2008.
Since 2014 Arakan Martial Art® began raising funds to build and run an orphanage and education facility in a remote area of Central Myanmar. Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends we now have one fully operational building housing 92 children and are currently working on a second building.
As our club continues to grow, we will be continuing our involvement with valuable community projects that help those in need.
Arakan Martial Art currently sponsors over 40 children through World Vision Australia
Arakan Martial Art prides itself on making regular donations to a variety of organisations. Recipients includes; World Vision, China Bear Rescue, World Youth International, Heart Foundation, SLSA, SIDS Kids, YOORALLA, Guide Dogs, Ronald McDonald House, Cystic Fibrosis, Rotary Foundation, Wild Care Australia, Children Cancer Support, Leukaemia Foundation, Animals Asia Foundation, RSPCA, Young Care, Mater Children’s Hospital, Childhood Cancer Support Inc., Australian Orang-utan Project and The Starlight Foundation.
In the past, Arakan Martial Art has also held several community education programs including education week at Robina Primary School as well as a number of free men’s and women’s self defence workshops.
Save the Children Appeal – on May 6, 2008 Cyclone Nargis hit Burma with a reported 200,000 lives lost. On June 15, 2008 Arakan Martial Art held the “Burma Relief Appeal” in Broadbeach and over $32,000 was raised and handed-over to Save the Children Australia.
White Ribbon Fundraiser - July 13th 2013, Arakan Martial Art raised $9,125 for the White Ribbon Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Australia's only national, male-led primary prevention campaign to end men’s violence against women.
Donation from Arakan Martial Art® to Myanmar orphanage and disadvantage children centres.
Year 2015 / 2016
Orphanage and Monastery Education Centre Shwe Pyi Thar Township, Yangone Division.
During this year we were able to provide materials and construction for a School Building, sleeping quarters and the construction of a brick fence and gate.
This provides shelter and schooling for over 89 students.
In 2017, we were able to provide a monastery education centre / primary school for over 100 students in the Twelve Miles Region, Bago Division
Hle Gu Region, Yangon Division
During 2019, we were able to provide clothing, various different vitamins and medication for over 50 children in the Hle Gu Monastery Education Centre.
Mohnyin Township, Kachin State
We were able to provide clothing, stationery such as exercise books, pens, pencils etc) along with various different vitamins and medication for 190 children in the Mohnyin Monastery
Myanmar Imannuel Christian Mission for Orphans and Disadvantaged Children.
For this centre we were able to provide clothing, floor covering and bedding along with essential sanitary items such as soap, toothpaste etc) for approximately 62 children. We were also able to provide proper nutrition and lunch for approximately 60 children.
Mandalay, Upper Myanmar
A 6 month old baby presented at the centre who was born with no eyes, however instead had a large lump formed over where the child’s eye ought to have been. This large mass was growing rapidly on a weekly basis. An operation was performed to remove the large growth, potentially saving the child’s life.
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Chief Instructor Robert Kyaw