Almost four years on from its last major fundraiser, Victory Boxing will host a ‘a night with the stars’ as the charity continues to grow in the community.
The popular ‘Fight for Victory’ corporate boxing event saw more than 2000 people pack the Trafalgar Centre in 2016 and director Paul Hampton says it’s time for another fundraiser.
“We are getting busier and busier and so what we looked at doing was a fundraising dinner.”
Paul has secured the speaking services of young sports stars, weightlifter Megan Gifford and local rugby star Anton Segner, as well as former New Zealand heavyweight boxing champion Shane Cameron and comedian William Waiirua.
“They are great friends of the gym and are all very entertaining.”
Paul says William was a natural choice as he does a lot of work in the community helping people feel better, while former Nelson College 1st XV captain Anton is a “great kid and he has a cool story”.
Paul says it’s great to have two up and-comers and two men who have “been there and done that”.
“We will know roughly about that time whether or not Megan will qualify for the 2020 Olympics and she also has a great story and we, of course, have a lot of time for Shane.”
Comedian Raybon Kan will MC the evening at the Rutherford Hotel on March 6.
The strong support for Victory Boxing is still evident, with all 35 tables for the dinner sold with an after party set for Harry’s Hawker House.
Paul says these types of fundraisers help keep Victory Boxing operational and costs down for members.
“We’d be devastated to hear someone couldn’t come [to the gym] because of money.”