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Still raising money - thank you

on Fri, 05/02/2016 - 10:52

Destination Judo has still been collecting donations for the sponsored throw and are pleased to say an extra £2000 has been raised to our total.


Thank you very much

Peru Challenge & Sponsored Throw Update

on Tue, 29/12/2015 - 09:29
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Peru Challenge - Help Us Support 2 Great Causes (click for more info)

on Fri, 21/08/2015 - 09:40

As many people know, for the past 3 years Destination Judo has supported 2 very good causes - Sarah's Promise, and The Nicola Murray Foundation.

Sarah's Promise was set up in memory of Sarah Hardie who sadly died aged 9. Her parents decided that they would in honor of their daughter to help as many disadvantaged children in the world as possible - including building an orphanage in Tanzania, which was done with the help of the children and parents of Destination Judo.

The Nicola Murray Foundation was formed back in October 2010 to fund research projects which will lead to better detection, treatment, services and outcomes for young women with ovarian cancer.

So, in November 2015, a group of DJ coaches and dads - known as the Peru Peddlers - have decided (as the name suggests) to cycle the length of Peru!

Each member will fund the journey and trip themselves so that every single penny raised will be split evenly between the 2 causes. The money for Sarah's Promise will be used to start work on a second orphanage in Tanzania for another 30 children.

To support the team going, visit one of these pages: or

Click below for more information and also see our very own Marc Preston on his new bike

Destination Judo player visits Fuka orphanage.

on Sat, 02/05/2015 - 15:25

Hi, I'm Amy and I've been a member of Destination Judo for 8 years (I think) and I'm currently living in Tanzania so I went to visit the school/orphanage in Fuka that Destination Judo helped by fundraising with the Sarah Hardie foundation so that a house could be built for the kids who live there most of the time. There were no kids staying there at the moment because it is a holiday but usually it's home to 27 children who either have no parents or a single parent, with relatives who can't look after them full time. It was so nice to visit and see the difference the fundraising all the judo clubs did has made :)


on Fri, 13/06/2014 - 23:06
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Kilimanjaro Update

on Tue, 03/06/2014 - 18:28

And so it begins!  Marc, Stephen and the gang arrived safely in Tanzania and set off earlier today to climb to the peak of Kilimanjaro.  

The climb will take them a week.  Afterwards they will be visiting the children at Fuka.  We received some fantastic letters from you all.  In fact, they were so good that Marc decided to take every one of them!!  So thank you all very much for all of your artistic and literary creations.  We are sure they will be much admired by the children in the orphanage who will be happy to know that you’re thinking and caring about them.  They will find it interesting to hear about snowmen, family pets, cubs and brownies, castles and stories of lots of rain!!!

Watch this space for an update. 

Another Update on your Fantastic and Gracious Contributions

on Thu, 24/04/2014 - 13:33

What a difference a year makes!  Thanks to your fantastic fundraising efforts, the Sarah Hardie House in Tanzania is now a reality.  These photos (visit our gallery) show how it has grown from its foundations to where it is today - a substantial, quality home for 32 vulnerable childrenThe final pieces of furniture are being made by local craftsmen and the first children will be moving in very soon, in July. Our thanks go to the Vine Trust Charity for all their contacts, energies and expertise in helping us make this happen. 

Our next challenge is to raise money to buy all the little things that will turn the Sarah Hardie House into a real home from home for the children – toys, books, soft furnishings etc.


   In June this year Marc and Steven Turnbull (Ryan and Sam’s dad from DJ @ Dunfermline) will bedoing a sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro can be seen rising up from the clouds behind the Sarah Hardie House.   It is the highest mountain in Africa and, at 5,895m above sea level, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.   Marc’s carbon knees will truly be put to the test as he and Steven trek their way to the top.   They are funding the trip themselves so that every single penny of sponsorship goes to charity. 

They will be splitting all monies raised 50:50 between Sarah’s Promise, and another charity which is very close to Steven’s heart.  The Nicola Murray Foundation was formed in October 2010 to fund research projects that will ultimately impact on better detection, treatment, services and outcomes for young women with Ovarian Cancer.  Steven’s sister-in-law, Nicola, carried a faulty gene, which around 1 in 10 young women with Ovarian Cancer is known to have, and is that this time,under investigated.  The monies will go directly to Professor Charlie Gourley and his team at Edinburgh University Cancer Research Centre who are currently making great headway, with the Nicola Murray Foundation’s support, into improving the outcome for women in their 30s and 40s with this faulty gene.  For more detailed information please visit our website:

Please sponsor them in this very special challenge by donating online to:-   Or


When they are there, they plan to visit Fuka to see the results of all your fundraising efforts.   And, again, this is where we need you.

They’d like to tell the children of Fuka about you and to leave behind a memory of all the children at Destination Judo.  So, here’s YOUR challenge. 

We would like each of you to write a 1 page story for one of the children who will be living in the Sarah Hardie House.  What would you like them to know about you and your life.  What do you imagine they would find interesting about life in Scotland and England?  And, if you could ask them one question, what would it be?  Feel free to be as artistic as you like.  Marc and Steven will choose the best letters to take with them to Tanzania and to leave with the children in the Home.  Can you please submit your stories directly to your coach no later than 19th May.  We’ll let you know who are the winners before Marc and Steven leave for Africa.  So get writing!!!! 

Sarah's Promise - Our Challenge, Charity Update.

on Mon, 02/09/2013 - 20:20

We are happy to tell you that work is now well underway to build the Sarah Hardie Home which is being funded from your fantastic fundraising efforts.  Have a look at this selection of photos of builders and local volunteers setting the foundations of the building that will become home to 32 vulnerable children.  We can already see the rooms beginning to form and the shape of the building beginning to emerge.  There are also photographs of the children at school and at church and the parents who are helping to making this great project come to fruition.  Keep watching for more updates!!


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Sarah’s Promise – Our Challenge

on Sun, 12/05/2013 - 09:21

Just over a year ago Destination Judo linked up with Sarah’s Promise, a small charity set up to help unwanted and disadvantaged children.

In the previous 2 years the charity had built an orphanage in India, a children’s home in Peru and was planning its newest venture - a centre in Tanzania for children affected by AIDS.  We committed to help Sarah’s Promise and set ourselves the ambitious challenge of raising £20,000.

It’s no surprise that our children and parents have more than risen to the challenge and have raised an astonishing £42,000.

This was generated via a combination of different events including a sponsored throw, a raffle and a charity dinner, where Kenmore Lodge Hotels in Perthshire made an very generous donation, helping us to smash our original target.

The money will be used to build an orphanage in Tanzania at the base of Kilimanjaro.

handing over the cheque to Colin HardieHere we are handing over the cheque to Colin Hardie, the founder of Sarah’s Promise.

Thank you again for your generosity.

The continued support and the enthusiasm of all the people associated with Destination Judo is very humbling and restores a strong belief in human kindness.
Colin Hardie.

Charity Update

on Wed, 19/09/2012 - 12:45

Destination Judo has linked up with Sarah’s Promise, a local charity that helps unwanted and disadvantaged children.  In the last two years the charity has built an orphanage in India, a children’s home in Peru – and is now working on a centre in Tanzania for children affected by  AIDS.  Part of this newest venture is a clinic to give the children the care and support they desperately need – and Destination Judo is going to fund it!

We have set ourselves the ambitious challenge of raising £20,000 over the next year or so, every single penny of which will go to the charity.

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