South­ern dad fight­ing for funds

The Invercargill Eye - - YOUR HEALTH - RE­BECCA MOORE

Step­ping out of his com­fort zone is not some­thing Lo­gan Valli is used to, but sign­ing up for this year’s Fight for Kidz box­ing event is def­i­nitely some­thing new for the Fon­terra worker.

Valli, a su­per­vis­ing op­er­a­tor at Fon­terra’s Eden­dale site, is gear­ing up for this year’s Fight for Kidz event, an an­nual fix­ture that has raised more than half a mil­lion dol­lars since 2003.

This year, pro­ceeds from the char­ity box­ing tour­na­ment will go to Koha Kai – an award win­ning not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides train­ing in hos­pi­tal­ity and hor­ti­cul­ture to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, who then help pro­vide af­ford­able, healthy lunches for schools in In­ver­cargill.

‘‘It’s a good cause that feeds the chil­dren,’’ Valli said.

‘‘It’s been a good op­por­tu­nity for me to give some­thing new a go and raise money for a great cause at the same time.’’

With a five-year-old son him­self, the cause was even closer to home, he said.

Valli said he was also in­spired to get in­volved af­ter see­ing some of his work­mates step up to the chal­lenge in pre­vi­ous years.

Se­lected from more than 160 ap­pli­cants, Valli is one of 24 con­tes­tants who will don their gloves on April 28.

His orig­i­nal op­po­nent had to pull out, so Valli said he felt he would have an ad­van­tage of more train­ing than the per­son he would be matched up with.

‘‘I hope to do well but it al­ways comes down to the night.’’

Valli has been fo­cussed on the group train­ing that all the con­tes­tants are par­tic­i­pat­ing in, which in­cluded spar­ring (prac­tic­ing real box­ing), pad work, run­ning and lots of skip­ping.

All of the train­ing was out of the norm for Valli but he en­joyed the team at­mos­phere.

‘‘Every­one’s been get­ting be­hind each other and it’s re­ally en­cour­ag­ing.

‘‘The most chal­leng­ing part would be get­ting used to be­ing hit,’’ he said.

Fight for Kidz or­gan­iser Dave Bart­ley said it was en­cour­ag­ing to see com­peti­tors like Valli giv­ing it their all for a good cause.

‘‘Box­ing is an ex­tremely de­mand­ing sport and get­ting match fit takes a lot of time and de­ter­mi­na­tion. It’s great to see peo­ple like Lo­gan put their fit­ness and skills to use in sup­port of this year’s very de­serv­ing Fight for Kids re­cip­i­ent, Koha Kai.’’

The event will be held at ILT Sta­dium South­land on April 28.


Fon­terra su­per­vis­ing op­er­a­tor Lo­gan Valli will box for his first time in the Fight for Kidz event.

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