After selling handmade items and MKK t-shirts at our table at the JCCH Summer Craft Bazaar for four Saturdays (once a month - June, July, August, and September) our total funds raised was $832. Not bad, but in the future we will try to come up with other ways to raise more money.
We would like to say "Thank you" to everyone who stopped by our table to chat, or bought something in support of our new dojo. The best part of this mini-project was that we met several nice people while working the bazaar table. I thought it was interesting how many of the women we met in their 60s/70s/80s said something like, "I wanted to learn kendo when I was younger but I felt like it was only for the boys..." I will try to keep these kind of things in mind as we move Meikyokan forward.
Also a very special thank you to Sato sensei, who mentioned our fundraising project several times in his emails and Wahiawa Kendo Club newsletter. Without his help we probably would have made something like $200.
Although we sold out of all of the handmade kendo items MKK administrator Hayashi made, we still have kendo cat t-shirts available if anyone wants one. I will take a photograph of a human being wearing the t-shirt and post it here, later.
Posted by Shishido.