Volunteer fighters from Naas Lions Club are getting ready to rumble on Saturday, March 8, in Time Nightclub, Naas, to raise money for Childline.
According to organiser Stephanie Tao, some 25 people from Naas, Newbridge and Sallins are donning boxing gloves for the first time and taking part in an eight-week boxing training course.
Under the watchful eyes of trainers from Naas-based Whitecollarboxing.ie, the volunteers are being put through their paces twice a week at a training facility in Toughers of Naas.
“The fighters range in age from 18 to 50 and come from all different exercise backgrounds,” said Stephanie.
The volunteers learn the basics of boxing and are also put through a tough conditioning course to ensure they last three rounds in the ring.
The fighters, who all had to get sponsorship and sell tickets to the bout to raise money, include: Gus Fitzpatrick, David Moran, John Dolly, Declan Curtis, Fergus Donegan, Bob Quinn, Fiona Craul, Paul O’Callaghan, Arthur Sheerin, Shane Bennett, Matt Stapleton, Philip Lawless, Jackie O’Neill, Vincent Doyle, Paul O’Brien, Kevin Gillespie, Craig Elliot, Karl Casey, David Watkins, Jennifer Mullan, Willie Peacham, Ivan Casey, Joe Marks, John Waters and Thomas Keightley.
“The proceeds of the White Collar Boxing fundraiser will be going to Childline,” said Stephanie.
“This decision was made based on the slew of child and teenage suicides that occurred over the course of last year. It was decided that helping Childline with the cost of their phone service, advertising and training would be beneficial to not just our community but to the entire country generally.”
Tickets, at €20, are available from the boxers or Stephanie at 086 3737584, and doors open at 7.30pm.