When Sally-Ann Donelly of Fat Sally’s and Portside decides to raise money for a good cause, she doesn’t muck about.
On Saturday night she did it superbly with the Portside Punch Charity Boxing event.
As always with a successful event there was a team who worked hard, but she led it and it is thanks to her it went so well.
An empty wool store at the harbour was transformed into a warm and welcoming dinner venue with a full-size boxing ring in the middle.
Tables of 10 were sold for $2,5000 and there was a full house.
Ten locals had been training since January to provide the entertainment.
Among them was mayor Gary Kircher who posted this photo on Facebook:
It was the first boxing match I’d attended and my preconceived notions about it were confirmed.
I can understand how you can injure someone by accident in sport but can’t understand how hurting your opponent can be the object of the exercise.
A friend shared my view that the whole night would have been even better without the boxing and said next time she’d prefer to watch jelly or mud wrestling where no-one would be deliberately hurt.
That said, I have a new respect for the agility and fitness of boxers.
The competitors had taken their training seriously but even so were absolutely stonkered by the end of three three-minute rounds.
And there was no doubt the evening was a success.
The entry fee and half-time auction would have raised around $100,000 which is a very good foundation for the Otago Hospice Trust’s campaign to build a hospice in Oamaru.
That is a very large sum of money to be raised in a relatively small community with a single event and there’s no doubt the hospice was the winner on the night thanks to Sally-Ann’s leadership and hard work.