Last Saturday, more than a dozen Shotokan Karate students from Abel Fitness Studio in Franklin, held a car wash fundraiser on the Highlands Road as part of a collective fundraising effort to provide relief for Japan, in the wake of its recent tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Abel students, along with students from hundreds of other official Japanese Karate Association World Federation schools throughout the United States, are raising funds this month for the JKA/WF disaster relief fund.
There was no set fee for a car wash, said Abel Fitness instructor Donnie Abel. “We are just letting them call it by ear,” he said of car wash guests, which he estimated at more than 50. “... there has been a good turnout.”
The mission to raise funds for Japan relief is a serious one, said Abel. “Japan is where our style of karate [Shotokan] came from. … We have a connection there,” he said.
“This is for a good cause, both at home and far and away.” At the end of the day, the car wash collected more than $400.
The JKA/WF will be collecting donations until June 12. The funds raised will then be presented to guest instructor Masaaki Ueki at the organization’s national camp in Santa Fe, N.M. Ueki is an 8th degree Dan and the Chief Instructor of the JKA.
The JKA/WF fund, made up of contributions of dojos and studios throughout the U.S., like Abel’s, will then be brought back to Japan by Ueki, where it will benefit JKA karate members affected by the recent disasters.
For more information on how to contribute, contact Abel Fitness at (828)342-6072. Photo by Davin Eldridge