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I was appalled when I read that a woman had been raped by two of her team mates earlier this year. I would like to turn the strong feelings about that incident towards something positive.

Hence why I've decided to run another BJJ Charity GrappleThon (you can read about last year's BJJ charity event here). We'll be raising money in aid of the important work undertaken by the charity Rape Crisis. They work to increase awareness about sexual violence, press for change and help survivors.

The BJJ Charity GrappleThon will take place from 9am on Saturday 4th May 2013 until 9am on Sunday 5th 2013 at Gracie Barra Bristol. Just like last time, we're streaming it live over the internet, on uStream. I'll also be putting updates on my Twitter. There is a Facebook event page too, with even more information about the event. :)

Please donate whatever you can spare to make a positive change (JustGiving functions outside the UK too). You can also donate via text message, by texting GRAP54 £1 to 70070. 

Many thanks to GrappleThon sponsors, top BJJ artist and designer Seymour 'Meerkatsu' Yang (like his page on Facebook here) and renowned BJJ and MMA apparel company, Tatami Fightwear.

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Update: Brilliant effort by everybody to raise an immense £8,651.97 so far! There was a massive turnout, with 70 people taking part from around the country and several others coming along to show their support and spectate. My full write up is here, Seymour has got one here, Hiren wrote a piece here and Pippa also shared her thoughts here. :) 

 

Updates 11

After a few hours kip, I've counted up the collection box money and paid it onto the offline & misc page. Our excellent grand total is £8,206.97! Would it be too ambitious to try for £10,000... ;D

05/05/13 13:57

The event is into hour 5 and we've almost raised £8,000. Awesome stuff! :D

04/05/13 14:46

With less than a week to go, the team total stands at £5,738.05. Steve is bringing the streaming equipment to my Tuesday class, after which I'll confirm the link for the live stream (worth following my Twitter too, in case the stream goes down: https://twitter.com/slideyfoot ).

29/04/13 06:20

Awesome: with two weeks to go until we get grappling, the team total stands at £5,258.05. :)

19/04/13 21:12

Just a few weeks to go now: the t-shirts have arrived and we're up to £4,750 on the team total. :D

17/04/13 05:12

Raising money for

Rape Crisis (England & Wales)

Rape Crisis (England & Wales)

Charity Registration No. 1119680

Rape Crisis is the umbrella organisation for Rape Crisis Centres who provide a range of specialist services for women and girls that have been raped or experienced any form of sexual violence - whether as adults or as children. Please visit our web site for more information www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Donations 41

£5 from Caleb of Fightworks Podcast fame, which he gave to me while I was visiting California recently. Cheers Caleb and thanks for the training! :)

Donation by Caleb (via Can) on 19/06/13

£5.00

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Donation by Leoni Munslow on 05/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Sorry it took until the GrappleThon for me to stop being lazy and actually donate.

Donation by Aparna Modi on 05/05/13

$100.00

Glad you guys are doing this, sorry I couldn't contribute more.

Donation by Benjamin Handelman on 05/05/13

Donation by Catherine Fougere-Masters on 04/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Brother well done, guys like you and with your attitude make big difference in us society. oss

Donation by Nando Borralho on 04/05/13

£20.00

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Hope your feet are ok young bablet x

Donation by Heather Child on 04/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 04/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck! Tap often!

Donation by Sean Kennedy on 30/04/13

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Good luck guys! Much respect for working so hard for such a worthy cause, we'll be glued to the live feed to cheer you on!

Donation by Catherine Jennings on 30/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Can best of luck to all of yourselves taking part this weekend, you are doing great work. mike Mamute RGA

Donation by Mike Taylor on 29/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great work Can and for a worthy cause.

Donation by Mike Facey on 27/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Shame I can't be there to join in. Best of luck.

Donation by Mike Roberts on 20/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Go Can, go!! You are awesome - grapple away! Love Em

Donation by Emily Fyson on 18/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Natasha Viner on 18/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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A great cause, thank you Can!

Donation by Georgette Oden on 17/04/13

$10.00

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Donation by Simon Addison on 11/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thanks for doing things like this. Sorry I can't give more.

Donation by Benjamin Handelman on 30/03/13

$20.00

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Can - Cheers from Detroit, MI, USA! Thanks for the tips, your email has been invaluable reference material, hope this pittance helps! OSSS.

Donation by Mike Eisenberg on 30/03/13

$42.45

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Can, I doff my cap to you and your team for all your efforts. A worthy cause!

Donation by Edward Platt on 20/03/13

$300.00

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Can - thanks so much for doing this good work. I'm sure it'll be a fun even.

Donation by Scott Blum on 19/03/13

$50.00

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Donation by GT on 17/03/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck with the event. Sorry I can't be there!

Donation by Stephen McGuinness on 16/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 08/03/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,024.57
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£5.00
  • Total raised£1,029.57
  • Gift Aid£65.00

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