Martial arts instructor hosting fundraiser for Michael Garron Hospital

A man stands in front of a hospital.
Emmanouel Manolakakis outside Michael Garron Hospital (Alexia Koutlemanis/Toronto Observer) 

A local martial arts instructor is hosting a fundraiser for Michael Garron hospital to support its new health and wellness centre.

“I always said I wanted to,” said Emmanouel Manolakakis. “If I can give back to the hospital I will.”

Manolakakis is the owner and an instructor at FightClub, a mixed martial arts (MMA) facility at 401 Donlands Ave. The fundraiser will be held there on April 20 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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During the fundraiser, which will celebrate FightClub’s 20th year, Manolakakis is going to show people how to breathe effectively, movement that makes you feel good and heal the body, as well as massage techniques. He said he wants everyone to leave feeling better about themselves.

Tickets are $25 each and available online. can buy tickets here to attend the event.

“All the proceeds are going to the hospital,” said Manolakakis. “There’s so much goodness in the club.” 

Emily Bird, manager of annual programs at the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation, said the fundraiser will be a great help.

“We’re very grateful for this fundraiser and the community support of our hospital,” she said.

Bird noted government funding doesn’t necessarily cover all of the hospital’s costs, so donations from individuals and fundraisers support its needs.

Manolakakis wants people to understand there are ways to support the community you live in.

“It’s our local hospital,” he said.  

“It should be a part of all of us to give back to the community somehow.”

Some of his previous fundraisers include raising money for cancer research and helping raise money for a gaming console for someone in need.

Manolakakis and Bird are shown outside of Michael Garron Hospital. (Alexia Koutlemanis/Toronto Observer)

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Posted: Apr 17 2024 7:56 am
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