St. Charles kick-a-thon to aid typhoon victims in Philippines

ST. CHARLES – Amateurs and experts alike can test their skills at breaking boards using tae kwon do techniques this Saturday while raising money for victims of a typhoon that recently struck the Philippines.

Bill Cho’s United Tae Kwon Do Center in St. Charles will host a kick-a-thon this weekend in hopes of helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit in early November.

Lisa Jo Adair, enrollment director at Bill Cho’s, said many of the tae kwon do center’s students or their families have been affected by the typhoon, which is why they wanted to help out.

“We have several families that are immigrants from the Philippines and still have family or close friends in areas that were hardest hit,” she said. “We have a lot of personal connections with the families that are here, and we’re wanting to do something to help them.”

Adair said the family members of one of the students lost their business when their entire chicken farm was wiped out.

“Our [fundraising] goal is endless at this point,” she said. “We’re just trying to make a big impact and get as much as we can.”

Bill Cho’s United Tae Kwon Do Center is partnering with an organization called Gawad Kalinga USA, also known as GKUSA. Adair said “gawad kalinga” means “give care” in Filipino.

During the kick-a-thon, anyone can purchase boards for $2 each and can attempt to break them with their hands or feet, Adair said.

She said they’re using beginner boards, so even small children can participate. In addition to the kick-a-thon, several items will be raffled off, including skybox seats to a Kane County Cougars game and a spa package worth $180.

“It’s going to be just a fun, family-friendly event,” she said.

The kick-a-thon is open to the public and will go from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bill Cho’s United Tae Kwon Do Center, 2000 W. Main St., St. Charles.