Boxing night big hit for charity

By Hannah Norton

Whangarei's Roundhouse Gym has donated over $8000 to charities following a stellar corporate boxing event.

Roundhouse coach Simon Haenga last week presented Warwick Hales and Jamie Rosemergy each with cheques for $4360 for Ronald McDonald House and Choose Life charities respectively, following the April event.

Warwick Hales, owner of the three McDonald's franchises in Whangarei, thanked Simon for his generosity.

"That money is going to be put to good use in helping Northland families with sick children," he said.

Jamie Rosemergy, founder of suicide awareness and prevention foundation Choose Life, says it wasn't just the money he is grateful for, but also the publicity on the night.

"It was brilliant - the presenter asked one of the fighters why he was fighting and stood up and spoke about Choose Life," he said.

"Our project is about awareness ... spreading the message to that many people was awesome."

Thirty fighters had their bout in the ring at the April event at the ASB Stadium. Twenty-four of these were business people who had only started training 10 weeks before the event.

- Northern Advocate

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