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Martial arts studio raises funds to benefit Relay for Life
Moohan Martial Arts instructors gasp and smile as children plop dozens of whipped cream pies onto their faces for the fundraiser. - photo by Julia Hansen

This past Saturday showed that all ages can help in the fight against cancer. 

Moohan Martial Arts of Dawsonville hosted a spring festival at Rock Creek Park’s pavilion on March 26 to raise money for Relay for Life in Dawson County. 

The martial arts studio, its students and their families raised $818 through the event’s “Duck Tape” and “pie in the face” activities. The studio will donate an additional $300, for a total of $1,118 raised to go toward Relay for Life. 

Dozens of children and their families attended Moohan Martial Arts of Dawsonville’s spring festival to raise funds for Relay for Life. The martial arts studio has about 200 students and is growing its afterschool and summer programs. Photo submitted to DCN.

“I do want to thank all of you for supporting their efforts here today with Moohan Martial Arts raising the funds for the American Cancer Society, because it (the funds) will help with research among our different programs here in the community,” said ACS Senior Community Development Manager Rena Pendley. 

“When we work together, we can achieve these goals,” added studio master Seung Ho Kim. 

During the spring festival, children partook in a variety of games and attractions, ranging from  

a martial arts demonstration and board breaking to a bouncy house and “high striker” game, cotton candy and a potluck meal.

Chicken Salad Chick, Captain D’s and Subway helped with the potluck aspect. 

Students took full advantage of the opportunity to duct tape their master to a wall at Rock Creek Park. 

Teens Lily Kenner, left, and Huck Murray, right, help and watch as younger girl Lauren Mackenzie supplies multiple pieces of duct tape to place on Master Seung Ho Kim. - photo by Julia Hansen

After 15 or so minutes of careful placement, 162 pieces of duct tape securely held Kim to a pavilion wall, to the delight of his pupils. 

Master Kim smiles after students and their family members successfully taped him to a wall with 162 pieces of duct tape as part of the studio’s Relay for Life fundraising efforts. - photo by Julia Hansen

Children pushed 95 whipped cream pies in studio staff members’ faces, all for the charitable cause. Many of them giggled while participating, proving that fundraising can be as much about fun as it is about raising funds.