Get ready to rumble! Charity boxing night

Dessie Blackadder

Reporter:

Dessie Blackadder

EIGHT weeks of gruelling training under the watchful eyes of event organisers George Courtney and Anthony O'Rawe have local White Collar Boxers ring ready for Friday night’s show down at the Tullyglass Hotel.

Seventeen top fights on the card has attracted over 1,000 ticket sales as friends, family, sponsors and fight fans from Ballymena and surrounding areas get set to go the distance for the bravest of children and their families.

Event Organiser George Courtney is passionate about local children who need the care of Northern Ireland's only Children's Hospice said:

"These children fight every day of their lives with little or no help from anyone. Children's Hospice is as unique as these little stars are.

“They are experts in compassionate, palliative care and look after the whole family on the toughest of roads they have to travel.

“With surprisingly little Government funding for Children's Hospice services, I think it is up to us to help in whatever way we can and all our boxers, all our sponsors and all our supporters are standing up to say we really care.....we really do!

“We know we can't help every child in need, but if we can help a few and raise funds to provide this specialist care, to help families to have the chance to have special moments that will one day be a precious memory....then we will fight to the final bell rings.

“I am so proud of all the boxers and urge everyone to get to the Tullyglass on Friday night for a great nights entertainment.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported this event. A few tickets are still available."

Doors open at 7.00pm with the first punch thrown on behalf of Northern Ireland Children's Hospice at 7.30pm.

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