March 31, 2016 - 8:30 AM
KELOWNA - A local charity that helps single mothers across the Okanagan has found a new way to empower and protect women.
Mamas for Mamas have partnered with a mixed martial arts gym to make it easier for them to learn self defence and boost their confidence.
Founder Shannon Christensen says the new arrangement, which provides self defence lessons and daycare at a reduced rate, was brought to her by Pacific Top Team as a way to help women feel confident enough to take on all of life’s challenges.
“In my work I encounter broken souls daily, women who have escaped abusive situations, have come from shelters and had to start over with nothing,” she says. “I've also encountered women who have no self-esteem and don't believe they're good at anything. This kind of empowerment training is nothing short of miraculous when shifting the mindsets of these damaged women. Psychologically speaking, it's a game changer.”
Workshops will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Both classes teach the same topic and women are welcome to attend one or both.
Mamas for Mamas have also arranged childcare for kids over five-years-old through Just 4 Fun and MOGA. Register through the Self Defense Kelowna website or by emailing Pacific Top Team Kelowna.
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