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Dagenham Town Show - club's first parade + supporting Mayor's Charities

By Admin - Posted on 09 September 2009

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The Dagenham Town Show is an unforgettable event with entertainment and attractions for all the family. This traditional event has been running since 1952, and is part of the borough's history and identity. This year’s parade theme is ‘The Olympics - the springboard to success in Barking and Dagenham’ and ties in with the exciting run up to London 2012.

This year, Kaizen Ryu Karate lent its support by taking part in the parade that saw around 1,000 youngsters forming a vibrant procession including local dance troupes, schools and clubs, voluntary groups and local business. Six students; Chris, Vicky, Jack, Gina, Ryan and Lauren, along with their instructors Indy and Marie, came out in force to support their club and raise money for one of the Mayor’s Charities; the Haven House Children’s Hospice. A charity that cares for young people up to the age of 19 who are unlikely to reach adulthood and offers specialist support to their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Vicky Phillips and Chris Seth were the pioneer for the club's involvement in this year's parade. Between them they organised the kaizenmobile (which was nicely decorated with it's massive club badge and balloons), the flyers, parent consent forms and so on, and we would like to thank them for their efforts in making this happen. Our thanks also goes out to the parents and students who came and supported, whether it was giving out flyers, holding the collection bucket or cheering us on from the sidelines!

Chris who also helps out teaching in classes said “it’s really important to raise awareness of the many sports available to youngsters today, and I hope that by taking part in the parade we also raise awareness for a healthier lifestyle. It’s been fun and I hope to take part again next year! “