Dorfman Karate kids show generosity to HA Jack Primary School in Norwood

Kids from HA Jack Primary School pose with children from Dorfman Karate dojo as Ishmael Mashau, principal of the primary school receives a cheque from Dr Shane Dorfman, chief instructor of the Norwood Dorfman Karate dojo. Photo: Dorfman Karate.


The youngest members of Dorfman Karate Norwood branch recently visited HA Jack Primary School to share their generosity with the students.

The children from the karate school came bearing gifts in the form of stationery and other school accessories.

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The young people from HA Jack Primary School looked on with great excitement as boxes filled with exercise books, workbooks, school shoes, school bags, takkies, close to 100 boxes of pencils, pens and coloured pencils and crayons were presented to them. On top of all of these gifts, the karate school also presented the primary school with a substantial cash donation to go with the stationery donations.

The children from HA Jack Primary School come from Alexandra, Soweto, the inner-city and Midrand.

Norwood Dorfman Karate hosts classes for children four to six years old and for older children every Tuesday and Thursday late afternoon in the school hall. It is a common occurrence to see the children of both the school and the karate institute play together as they wait for their transport home.

For Dr Shane Dorfman, chief instructor of the Norwood Dorfman Karate dojo it was more than just about the donations.

“I am extremely proud of all the Dorfman Karate members who contributed bags, books, pens and other stationery to an important cause. It not only enabled us to help [with] the education of these young children but also afforded us the opportunity to teach our young members the importance of helping those less fortunate than themselves,” said Dorfman.

Dorfman started formal karate lessons just before he turned six years old and has continued training for 36 years, through medical school, acquiring his MBA and a number of postgraduate medical specialist degrees.

Ishmael Mashau, principal of HA Jack Primary School expressed his gratitude for the generosity shown by the karate institute.

“We really appreciate the relationship we have with you (Dorfman Karate), especially when we are living in this country where we have racial division. It’s so special for us. We are open to discussion with anyone. We really appreciate the support of the community, parents coming to help the learners to read and all of these donations. To you, it may seem like something small but it is very special for the learners. Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts,” he said.

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Dorfman is not only a Sensei but also a 7th Dan, eight-time world champion and chief instructor of the Norwood Dorfman Karate dojo.

“It is imperative that we teach kids the importance of helping others, particularly those less fortunate, facilitating education which is close to my heart, which in turn has direct knock-on effects on health, poverty eradication and stimulation of the economy,” concluded Dorfman.

Edited by Ingrid Pepler/Beryl Knipe

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