Fisticuffs to be knockout event for charity

By Roger Moroney

A chat about big fists between two Napier businessmen recently has led to a unique fundraising venture to support a cause both are keen to do their bit for - the Breast Cancer Cure Research Trust.

Their determination to put their fists on the line has also been taken up by the HBS Bank Hawks.

Richard Stevenson, owner of Hell Pizza in Napier, had a more than fist-sized dilemma on his hands in the wake of a promotion involving over-sized padded fist gloves.

He had about 500 pairs still stored away and has been wondering what to do with them for some time.

A keen sponsor and supporter of the Hawks, he started chatting to another sponsor, David Aflello from Kennedy Park Top 10 Resort, and he mentioned the gloves.

"I said I had all these over-sized fists left over from a promotion that I didn't know what to do with."

Mr Aflello pondered on it briefly, and as the park is one of the ambassadors for the breast cancer research foundation he put two and two together and came up with a plan.

A plan involving the Hawks.

He made a call to the team management and put the fundraising notion to them, and they grasped it with both fists.

They will be rolled out for sale at this Saturday's Hawks clash with the Manawatu Jets, as well as at Hell Pizza and the remaining home Hawk outings.

Mr Stevenson said they would go for $5 and were perfect for raising a celebratory cheering fist or for thumping applause.

"We hope to sell them quickly and be able to get one of the celebrity supporters of breast cancer research down to Hawke's Bay to be presented with a cheque during the finals weekend in July."

Hawks coach Tab Baldwin said the team was delighted to lend their support to the idea and he said he was even considering buying a pair to support the research trust.

He added with a smile the glove could come in handy to give his players a clip around the ears "if they miss a free throw".


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