Tuesday, 12 September 2017 07:00

Rumble in the Cage is fighting for a cause this September

Written by  Demi Knight
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Local professional and amateur athletes will fight hard this September to help raise proceeds for the new Snoezelan Room at Coalhurst Elementary School.

The most recent Rumble in the Cage (RITC) event will take place Sept. 30 at the Servus Sports Centre in Lethbridge to help raise funds for this endearing cause.
Blair Foster, part owner of RITC, says they chose to partner with Coalhurst Elementary school for this event because it spoke close to many of their team’s hearts.
“A couple of our fighters actually have autistic children. One has a sister that has kids going to that school, and I have personal friends affected by this so when our fighters brought it to us we decided to jump right on board, because we know how much this room is needed,” says Foster.
The new Snoezelan Room that is currently in the works, will be constructed at Coalhurst’s elementary school to help children within the area who are struggling with autism and learning challenges.
These rooms act as multi-sensory environments that reduce anxiety and agitation all while stimulating reactions and communication.
The room achieves these outcomes by providing gentle lights, soothing sounds, invigorating smells and exciting visuals.
Foster believes working to help raise donations for the construction of this room will give back to the community in a tremendous way by providing a much-needed space for children of all learning disability backgrounds.
With hopes to raise $35,000 in funds to help with the construction of the room, Foster says they hope to bring in as much as possible to help fund the cause.
“They’re hoping to raise a total of $35,000 to get the room in action. We’re hoping to do a donation of between $2,000 to $5,000 for the room, with the percentage of our table sales that will be going to the new room.”
Rumble in the Cage (RITC), which was founded 17 years ago, is an organization that works to showcase top-level fighters including many now UFC fighters before their UFC days.
Through their work, RITC has become Canada’s longest-running mixed martial arts promotion.
With aims to bring two events a year to the public during the months of April and September, the organization is back again this year with Rumble in The Cage 55, to help with another cause.
Foster says working with the community is a great way for the organization to give back to those who have supported them for many years in the past. 
“The community has supported us for 17 years and we wanted to start supporting them back. We want to get out there and support the community. We’re hoping to sell out the soccer centre for this show and help kids with autism and other learning challenges.”
Early bird tickets for the show are currently selling for $40 in advance and $50 at the door. VIP tables are also available for the event by contacting Lee Mein at 403-634-7012.
The event is set to start at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Servus Sports Centre in Lethbridge.
Tickets and more information on the event can be found online at:  www.rumbleinthecage.com or at the Canadian Martial Arts Centre at 3307 3rd Avenue South in Lethbridge.

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