Tuesday 11 November 2014

Movember Rollathon 2014 Pre-Event Press Release

by Sofie Zambas

November 22nd will mark Gravity Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s 3rd Annual 24hr Movember Rollathon, a fundraiser for Prostate cancer research and bringing awareness to men’s health, beginning at 9am.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common health issues in men today. Many of us have known someone to have prostate issues due to poor diets or lack of the essential fruits and vegetables. With Jiu-Jitsu being a male dominated sport, we wanted to give back to the community by raising awareness to prevent these types of health issues.

The Rollathon, in which at least 2 people will be sparring in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) for 24hrs, will take place at Gravity BJJ in Surrey BC. Like last year, we will start the morning off with a kids cross training class, followed by the adults at 10am. This year we will be scheduling different black belts throughout the day to teach some techniques.

There will be raffle prizes given and a special Moustache Strut Off Competition in the evening at 7pm. Many companies have jumped on board to be sponsors for the event. Our returning sponsors include- Meerkatsu, Oss Gear, Fushida, Gi-Soap, Bacardi, Katana Fightwear, BJJ Depot & Tatami Fightwear. New sponsors to the event are Jiu Jitsu Journals and BC Kimono’s. We are so grateful for the support of these companies!

“This is an event we look forward to every year. We are not only helping out a good cause but we are also bringing the jiu jitsu community together outside of competition,” says organizer Sofie Zambas. “With jiu-jitsu a significantly male dominated sport, it’s important to create awareness on men’s health and prostate issues.”

The event is open to all schools and associations. We encourage moustaches, beards, goatees and any other creative facial ingenious to the event. We will also post a link for a livestream closer to the date.

Even if you’re not a BJJ practitioner, you are welcome to come down to the community event and get to know the friendly people at Gravity BJJ. Anyone who has been affected by prostate issues, directly or otherwise, is welcome to come to the event and support the cause. We would love to hear from you!!

A link to our donation page can be found here:


As well as our Facebook page:


And our Event Page Details:


If you would like further information or would like to learn how you can get involved, please contact Sofie Zambas at sofie@gravitybjj.ca or 604-780-5154.

Quotes from last years’ event:

“Big thanks to Sofie and Logan for hosting the Movember Rollathon. I believe this was the first time two different kids Jiu Jitsu clubs came together to train and all for a terrific cause! Our Apex kids had an awesome time cross training with the Gravity Crew.” Marcy Hilario, Owner at Apex Martial Arts

“Gravity BJJ’s 2nd annual Movember fundraiser is a great event for the local BJJ community. It’s an opportunity for people from the BJJ scene to get together (regardless of team/club) and have an awesome time on the mats all while helping a great cause. I had a great time at the event…Logan and Sofie are great host’s and harbor a really friendly and playful BJJ environment, which is another bonus to an already stellar event!” – Jason Gagnon, Head Coach at Genesis Martial Arts and Fitness

“The Movember Rollathon was a unique experience with open mat rolling, cool BJJ prizes from sponsors, and also a dance off. It was a very lighthearted event where Sofie and Logan were very welcoming to the rest of the BJJ community. With the help of their team, they brought together two families – immediate family and the BJJ community – to support this cause in a more active way than just simply donating money to an account.” – Eric Cheng, BJJ blue belt

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