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The Weekender: May 10 – 12

Elizabeth Yick

Thu May 09 2013

Disconnect to connect

CHILL out to free live music and performances at Fed Square, reconnect by disconnecting from your gadgets and gizmos, or take part in the Mother’s Day Classic to fundraise for breast cancer research. Elizabeth Yick offers some inspiration for your weekend.

Karate World Championships and Martial Arts Games
Friday May 10 and Saturday May 12, 9am to late, State Netball and Hockey Centre (10 Brens Drive, Parkville)

Do you love martial arts movies? Are you that person who can barely contain their excitement when Jet Li does a flying roundhouse kick? If so, be prepared for an action-packed weekend of witnessing some real-life ‘kung-fu fighting’. This Friday and Saturday, Karate Alliance Australia will be proudly hosting the ninth WKC World Championships, held in conjunction with the fifth International Martial Arts Games. International athletes will compete in both individual and team events, showcasing some of the most impressive styles and skills the sport has to offer. Tickets ($30 full-priced, $20 concession) to the event are available through the Karate Alliance Australia website, and is valid throughout the entire day. It is an event not to be missed by any martial arts enthusiast!

City Sessions
Saturday May 11, 4 to 6pm, Federation Square

Head on down to Federation Square this Saturday afternoon for Australia’s largest freestyle event to be presented by Freestyle Academy – with performances by Melbourne’s best artists, MCs, DJs, and street dancers. Aside from performance showcases, there will also be a range of competitions that will be crowd-judged on the day. This is a free event – so head on down for an afternoon of dancing and urban grooves.

Mother’s Day Classic
Sunday May 12, 7am to noon, Alexandra Gardens (St Kilda Rd, Melbourne)

Participate in the Mother's Day Classic to support breast cancer research! Photo: cofiem via flickr

Participate in the Mother’s Day Classic to support breast cancer research! Photo: cofiem via flickr

This Mother’s Day, participate in the Melbourne Mother’s Day Classic to fundraise for breast cancer research. The event involves either a 4km or 8km run, with spot prizes given out around the course on the day. If strenuous cardio exercise seems too daunting, walking is acceptable too! There will also be entertainment and activities held around the course for those who just have a look around and offer some support. So put on your running shoes and help support women’s health this Mother’s Day by participating in this great event for a worthy cause!

Disconnect to Reconnect
Friday May 10 to Sunday May 12

What would life be like if you don’t post or check for updates on Facebook and Twitter, or share your food photos on Instagram? How would it change your relationships? Sometimes we have to learn to disconnect in order to learn how to reconnect anew. Take part in the challenge this weekend and disconnect from your gadgets and gizmos, and reconnect with those who are most important to you. It’s an exercise that will benefit those outside your circles too! Get your friends, family and workmates to sponsor your digital sacrifice and in doing so you will raise funds for Edmund Rice Camps Australia who do amazing work connecting young volunteers with kids who are doing it tough.