Punch­ing for LandSAR char­ity

Waipa Post - - News -

Achar­ity box­ing event in Cam­bridge has raised $10,000 for Land Search and Res­cue New Zea­land (LandSAR).

For the fifth bi­en­nial Fight Night 20 NZ Young Farm­ers mem­bers climbed into the ring for a good cause on Satur­day.

Box­ers clashed in front of a crowd of 360 peo­ple at the Sir Don Row­lands Cen­tre.

“We ask each boxer to raise $300 in spon­sor­ship. The rest of the in­come is gen­er­ated through ticket sales,” said co-or­gan­iser Court­ney Goodare.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that we will be do­nat­ing $10,000 to LandSAR to help it buy equip­ment for vol­un­teers.”

LandSAR is a na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing land search and res­cue ser­vices to peo­ple who are lost, miss­ing or in­jured.

“It does ex­tremely im­por­tant work,” he said.

The first Fight Night was held in 2012.

Since then the event has fundraised for the Waikato West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter, St John Am­bu­lance and the Ru­ral Sup­port Trust.

NZ Young Farm­ers mem­bers spend months pre­par­ing for the high-in­ten­sity fights.

“Most par­tic­i­pants train in a proper box­ing gym two to three times a week from Jan­uary un­til the big night,” said Court­ney.

Olivia Jor­dan was named the most sci­en­tific boxer. Lisa Ken­dall and Lucy Moss won the award for most en­ter­tain­ing fight.

Spec­ta­tors sport­ing gi­ant el­bow-high box­ing gloves also went up against each other in minute-long bouts.

“It’s a bit of fun watch­ing peo­ple try­ing to pum­mel each other while wear­ing gi­ant, goofy gloves,” he said.

Plan­ning is al­ready un­der­way for the next Fight Night in 2020.

“We’re look­ing for a big­ger venue. We want to be able to cater for up to 600 peo­ple.”

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TE KAWA West Young Farmer Lucy Moss (right) and Franklin Young Farmer Lisa Ken­dall.

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