Shane Cameron, Anton Segner, Megan Gifford, William Waiirua and Paul Hampton at the Night with the Stars for Victory Boxing. Photo: Supplied.

Victory fundraiser a knockout for charity

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It might not have been a fight night, but Victory Boxing’s latest fundraiser was still a knockout.

More than 350 people packed the Rutherford Hotel on Friday evening for a ‘Night with the Stars’, the first fundraiser since 2016 for the Victory Boxing Charitable Trust.

The crowd heard from comedian Raybon Kan, former Nelson College rugby star Anton Segner, Olympic-bound weightlifter Megan Gifford, former boxing champion Shane Cameron and social media superstar William Waiirua.

Victory Boxing programme director Paul Hampton says the night was a stunning success, raising almost $50,000 for the programme.

“For us it was such a massively successful evening on so many levels. The money raised will help us continue our growing programmes but also to share the diversity of the gym with supporters and with new people. It was a wonderful, wonderful evening.”

The fundraiser was a change of pace for the charity, which has run three charity boxing events as its previous fundraisers, the last in 2016.

Paul says the success of the dinner means it is likely another will be held next year.

As for another charity boxing event, he says they “may have one more in us”.

Founding chairman Scott Gibbons was also honoured with a life membership and Paul says the support for the gym from so many different people means a lot.

“We are overwhelmed with the support and really, sincerely appreciate everyone who supports us, we never take it for granted. People understand the impact we are making, and they are thankful, that means a lot to us.”

Victory Boxing is based on Vanguard St and runs fitness-based wellbeing boxing classes for children, teenagers and adults. It was founded in 2012 to have a positive impact on local children.