The 2009 Fall-a-thon, a fundraising event organized by Shinjinkai, the Japanese Martial Arts Society, was conducted on July 8. The result: more than $10,000.00 raised in two hours by 20 fallers!
Similar to a walk-a-thon, participants in the Fall-a-thon gather pledges from sponsors. Rather than walking, however, they commit to being thrown (via Aikido technique) as many times as possible in 15 minutes. The participant with the most falls got up to 431.
We're grateful every year for the amazing spirit and fortitude shown by these martial art students in support of Korinji; many of them are also participating in our work crews at Korinji, and so regularly give of their sweat and strength. If you'd like to make a donation in support of the Fall-a-thon, or just to learn more about it, please see the Fall-a-thon website. And here is a video clip to give you a feeling for the energy and excitement of this fundraiser.