Blue Belts support beyondblue during October

RAISING AWARENESS: Members of Bendigo's GKR Karate Club with their blue belts as part of the Blue Belt Project during October.
RAISING AWARENESS: Members of Bendigo's GKR Karate Club with their blue belts as part of the Blue Belt Project during October.

BENDIGO’S Go-Kan-Ryu Karate Club will hold an open class on Friday night as part of its support of the Blue Belt Project.

The open class will be held at the Maiden Gully Primary School from 6pm to 7.30pm and be followed by a BBQ. Cost is $15 per person.

All money raised from GKR’S Blue Belt Project is donated to beyondblue, with the key aim to increase awareness for mental health, depression and anxiety.

During October – GKR’s National Blue Belt Awareness month – students and instructors have been wearing blue belts, as well as wristbands, as part of the cause.

YOUNG TALENT: Bendigo's Cooper Laurie competed at the GKR World Cup event on the Gold Coast in August. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

YOUNG TALENT: Bendigo's Cooper Laurie competed at the GKR World Cup event on the Gold Coast in August. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Last year $84,304 was raised by GKR clubs across Australia.

Among the students at Bendigo’s GKR Karate Club is Cooper Laurie, who earlier this year competed at the GKR World Cup event held on the Gold Coast in August, finishing top eight in Kumite and reaching the second round in Kata.

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Anyone wanting more information on GKR Karate can contact Sensai Pam Jolly on 0438 627 385.