Fight 4 The Cause 2015 took place on November 21. It’s a charity social boxing event that benefits the community. Over 1000 people dress up to look their best and come out to watch it every year for the past few years. It’s always a sold out event and for a good reason. 🙂
Above: Team Ring girls and Ring Boy. Photo by Driven Portfolios.
Every year, 24 people who have never boxed before find their way into the ring. In doing so, they are definitely going outside of their comfort zone. What’s even more impressive is that they are ok with being watched by hundreds of people!
Above: Dressed up and feeling great. End of night shot. Photo by Driven Portfolios.
Prior to stepping into the ring, participants are properly trained for several weeks. In addition, the match ups are fair based on competitor’s size and weight. This ensures that everyone has a lot of fun and gets a lot of value out of the experience.
Above: Photo by Driven Portfolios.
I watched the boxers during their training and I have to say that they are a super inspiring group of people. I’m very impressed by the quality of the coaching that they receive and by the levels of effort that they put into their training.
Many people who participated in Fight 4 The Cause said that the event has had a hugely positive impact on their life. They felt very inspired to continue their fitness journey long after the event is over. Not only that, but they served as role models to their colleagues, friends, family and other members of their community.
Above: Just a few of us Ring Girls. I’m in the middle (cell phone photo). Thanks to Jodi Bryans at LE CHÂTEAU, Monica at Brun Body Bar for the tan and the folks at GOLD HAIR Lounge and Deco De Mode Nail Spa for the hair and make-up. Of course, Kande Whitehouse for the hair colour and Darcy for letting me step into the ring again.
Since I’m a runner and that’s what I love, I have chosen to participate in Fight 4 The Cause in a different way (see above) than just stepping into the ring to fight.
I promote the event on my social media and I tell my clients to go buy tickets to watch it, in order to support the charities that benefit from it. There is also a silent and a live auction, as well as a 50/50 draw to raise even more money for the charity partners.
For the past 3 years, it was also super fun to be a ring girl. It’s the only day in the entire year where I’m wearing something other than running gear. HAHAHA. Most of the time, you will find me in the gym or on the roads with no make-up and my hair tied back.
I have sincere appreciation for all the challenges that the fighters have overcome before stepping into the ring. The challenges include anything from finding sponsors, to work schedules, to personal issues. I’ve talked to many of the contenders and I know that the road into the ring is not all roses. For that, I admire them for their strength.
Every single fighter has an inspiring story of hard work, dedication, discipline and resilience.
As I watch their fights, the only thing I can think of is how much work it takes to put on an event like this and how fortunate we are to have such a great, supportive community.
The total amount of money raised through the years for charity is approaching $100,000. This year, it was definitely the biggest and the best Fight 4 The Cause to date raising $35,000.
If you haven’t been to it yet, then I highly recommend you get your tickets next year. Buy your tickets early so you don’t miss out, as they sell fast.