Even better without boxing

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:

Photo: It's started! First fight - Mel Tavendale very.  Chontelle Watson!

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.

3 Responses to Even better without boxing

  1. RBG says:

    A very large amount of money to be raised in a relatively small community in a single event. Yes it is. People notice, talk about it and remember $100,000 in a single night. So weird then that no one remembers wine being sold for that much in the Hawkes Bay.

  2. TraceyS says:

    I’m glad it was a success. We sadly had to turn down tickets due to another commitment.

    Every community needs a Sally-Ann but unfortunately there is only one!

    (RBG – maybe there was a reasons for forgetting the wine?)

  3. homepaddock says:

    RBG – even weirder when there’s a photo of the donor’s wife receiving a bottle of win from a Labour MP at what looks suspiciously like a fundraiser.

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