No one deserves to be treated like this. Let's help Jamal so if this ever happens again, he'll be ready! Watch original video here. UPDATE:
After hitting our initial goal, we've updated the fundraising target so we can provide as much help as possible! Any surpluses that are not used to cover the travel expenses to bring Jamal, his sister, and their parents to California will be donated directly to the family so that they can afford to continue training jiu-jitsu when they return home to the UK!
Jamal is a 15-year old Syrian Refugee who lives in the UK with his family. On October 25, he was violently attacked on the playground at Almondbury Community School in the UK. The incident was captured on video and is making headlines all over the world. Jamal has not returned to school since the incident, and when interviewed by ITV he said: "I feel unsafe everywhere I go, even to the shop. I woke up at night and just started crying."
Our names are Ryron and Rener Gracie. We are self-defense instructors in a family that is credited with creating Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Even though we have never met Jamal, we have helped many children overcome the overwhelming challenges he is currently facing, and we know we can do the same for him.
With your help, we want to fly Jamal and his family to California to spend at least one week with us (maybe more) at Gracie University
, so we can teach him self-defense and build his confidence through jiu-jitsu. The training we provide has the power to change lives forever. Here are just a few examples of what we’ve done with our Gracie Bullyproof program:
Austin McDaniel's 1-week Transformation:
5 Year's Later:
Naomi Johnson's Transformation:We will be donating our time to train Jamal. 100% of the funds generated will be spent on covering the travel expenses. If there is any surplus it will be donated to Jamal's family.
We are reaching out to the family's attorney, Tasnime Akunjee, to confirm that 1) they will accept our offer if the funds are raised, and 2) that they can legally travel to the U.S. when the time comes.
Our family has been empowering the weak to defend against the strong for nearly 100 years, and we can provide everything Jamal needs to feel safe again. The negative effects of this type of harassment has the power to shape the rest of his life. Regardless of the amount, we appreciate any donation you can make to help make this opportunity possible for Jamal.
Understandably, Jamal may have some reservations about learning something new, especially on the other side of the world. For those of you who have jiu-jitsu experience, please leave an encouraging comment along with your donation, so Jamal knows he has nothing to worry about and that this is the perfect step to take in regaining control of his life.
With respect and gratitude,
-Ryron and Rener Gracie
To confirm legitimacy, GoFundMe asked us to provide the following information:
1) Who you are and where you’re from?
Ryron and Rener Gracie from California.
2) Your relationship with the parties for whom you are raising funds and your method of contact with them.
We have no relationship with the beneficiaries, but we have the unique ability to help them overcome the challenges they're facing which is why we started this campaign. Our method of contact is through their attorney.
3) How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)?
Airfare, hotel, car, food, and all other travel expenses. If we can, we're going to get the entire family tickets to Disneyland as well.
4) Your specific plan for how the funds will be withdrawn from and sent to the beneficiary of the campaign.
We will withdraw the funds and handle the booking of their travel and all other logistics. Any surplus funds at the end of the trip will be donated to the family with hopes that they continue their jiu-jitsu training in the UK.