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April 4, 2011

The West Australian

WEMBLEY Downs resident Lee Morris has supported a Jolimont kung fu institutes initiative for at-risk youth after experiencing first-hand the benefits of kung fu.
The Ging Mo Institutes Skills for Life program offers a unique learning and training opportunity for young people aged 16 to 24, helping them carry out full-time study to achieve a Certificate II in Sports Coaching (Kung Fu Specialisation).
Chief executive and Master of the Ging Mo Academy, Si Fu Gawain Siu, said the course had changed the lives of dozens of young people who had become disengaged from school or the community.
He said more than 95 per cent of the young men and women helped through the program had obtained jobs or returned to their studies after finishing the two-week intensive course.
The success of the program prompted Mr Morris support.
He persuaded his employer, Belmont-based new home builder Switch Homes for Living, to help with the upkeep of the Ging Mo Academy, home to the Ging Mo Institute, free of charge.
I have been a member of the Academy for some time and have gained a great deal from the training and discipline of kung fu for myself, both personally and professionally, so I was keen to see if our team at Switch could help in some way, he said.
Given our skills lie in construction, we have been able to take care of the maintenance of the Academy, getting our subcontractors involved in fixing anything that needs doing and picking up the tab for it.
Master Siu said the sponsorship was critical to the success of the Skills for Life program and the academy as a whole.

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