Southern dad fighting for funds
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.