Charity kick-a-thon event aims to raise thousands for youth mental health service
A local martial arts centre is hosting a charity kick-a-thon event to raise essential funds for our free youth counselling service.
Saturday 14 March will see Del's Fitness Centre come alive with people of all ages taking part in the kick-a-thon challenge.
The event aims to raise more than £7000 which would pay for a mental health counsellor for more than a year for young people in the borough, called Active Listening.
Active Listening is run by Gifted Young Generation at The Grand Healthy Living Centre in Gravesend. It provides 11-19 year-olds with professional counselling.
Jackie Coupar, Youth Work Manager said, "We're over the moon to be working with Del's Fitness centre. Their organisation has such a positive vision to support young people with their physical and mental health. This is the first time we have worked together on an event of this kind and we can't wait to bring people together on the day for this fun and inspiring event."
The national wait time to see a youth counsellor is 18 months, Kent's CAMS service has a 24 month waiting list, but in Gravesham the current wait time to see an Active Listening counsellor is just four months.
Del’s Fitness Centre’s, Be More Foundation, in Queen Street, Gravesend, is supporting the service by hosting the event on Saturday 14 March from 10am until 2pm.
They want to collect more than 50,000 kicks on the day – and beat the last record they set previously.
Anyone can take part in the kick-a-thon, which invites people to kick the martial arts pads and punch bags. No previous experience is needed to take part, just enthusiasm. Full guidance will be given on the day.
The event asks for participants to set themselves a total number of kicks they will reach on the day and either collect sponsorship to achieve the target or pay £5 each on the day to enter.
You can collect sponsorship via our online fundraising page: