Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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THE Irish Heart Foundation is seeking men and women to take part in the second annual white collar boxing fundraiser in Waterford this November. The Irish Heart Foundation challenge, titled the Big Heart Fight Night, will raise vital money for Ireland’s only national charity fighting heart disease and stroke in Waterford.
Men and women of all ages and fitness levels are urged to step into the ring and support this worthy cause while improving their fitness levels. The challenge is open to anyone and people do not have to have boxing or sporting experience. Participants will train for six weeks, twice per week with a professional boxing coach before taking part in the glitzy event in the Forum Waterford on Saturday, November 16.
Numbers are limited and there are only 30 places available. Each of the 30 participants will be asked to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship which covers their training and equipment and the running of the night.
Tracy Power, Regional Fundraising Manager with the Irish Heart Foundation, said, “This is our second year running our Big Heart Fight Night in Waterford. Last year was a huge success raising over Û15,000 for the Irish Heart Foundation and this year promises to be one of the biggest white collar boxing event in Waterford in 2013!”
“We are looking for big hearted people to take part,” she said, adding, “The idea of stepping into a ring for most people is way beyond their comfort zone and this is what makes it such an exciting challenge. The white collar boxing concept allows for anyone to take part, both men and women, and challenge themselves. And they know that the money they raise will go towards helping beat heart disease and stroke which remains the country’s combined biggest killer.”

Sponsorship
The Irish Heart Foundation, which was set up in 1966, is asking local businesses to get involved in the Big Heart Fight Night. Companies can sponsor a member of staff or any participant to take part and there are sponsorship packages available to businesses, including promotion on the night and being included in the pre-fight promotion.
Mrs Power said, “The more companies involved, the more money will be raised over the six weeks. This will allow us greater resources to drive our message into the Waterford region and it will allow for some friendly rivalry among the Waterford business community which is always welcome!”
Waterford man Ray Connolly, who was a participant last year, said, “It helped me pay tribute to my mam who died three years ago now. It helped me lose weight and keep it off and I gained a huge group of friends who I’m still in touch with. I also took on a role within Waterford Kickboxing Association and have travelled all over the country with the best group of people you could meet. I want to thank the Heart Foundation for allowing to take part in the event and allowing me to pay tribute to my mam and helping me raise funds for an amazing charity.”
Local woman Trisha Cleary, who also took part last year, said, “From start to finish everything was fantastic. To be part of a team that was fundraising for such a great cause was overwhelming. I would recommend anyone of any fitness level and looking for something exciting to take on this challenge. The buzz and adrenaline on the night of the fight has to be experienced to be believed.”
To take part in the Big Heart Fight Night and to find out more about this challenge contact Tracy Power on 087 2800995 or email [email protected], or you can also log on to www.irishheart.ie.
Tickets priced at €20 will be available shortly. Training will begin on Tuesday, October 8. For updates please visit Facebook or www.facebook.com/bigheartfightnight.

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