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NWTRPA receives $10,000 endowment from Chris and Rona Williams

 March 23, 2015
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

Yellowknife, March 16, 2015 – The NWT Recreation and Parks Association is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $10,000 donation by Chris Williams to establish the Rona Williams Tai Chi Fund.

Chris Williams and his wife, Rona Williams, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March 2014.  In celebration of their anniversary, Chris wanted to establish a Tai Chi Fund in honour of his wife Rona who is a dedicated Tai Chi practitioner.

The NWTRPA worked with Chris and Rona to establish the Rona Williams Tai Chi Fund. This fund will support the development of Tai Chi in the NWT by providing grants to NWT residents seeking financial support to travel to Tai Chi training events.

“We are grateful for the trust that Chris and Rona have placed in us to establish this amazing gift” states Geoff Ray, NWTRPA Executive Director.

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits and is typically practiced with slow movement. Today, Tai Chi has spread worldwide. Medical research has found evidence that Tai Chi is helpful for improving balance and for general psychological health, and that it is associated with general health benefits in older people.

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote healthy living through active recreation. The mission of the NWTRPA is: To promote the inclusion of recreation and parks as key to our way of life. We do this by supporting leaders, communities and partners through training, advocacy and networking.

For more information about the NWTRPA awards, please contact:

Geoff Ray, Executive Director
Phone:  (867) 669-8380, (867) 444-0298
Email: gray@nwtrpa.org