31.5.2023 | Charity

Boxing night goes the distance for good causes

Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s fundraiser, held on Friday, 19th May 2023, raises an incredible £32,000.

Both the Rotary Club and headline sponsor, the Uniserve Group were delighted with the evening’s boxing and the generosity of those that attended; David Gladen of Uniserve Group says: “We always knew the Rotary Club’s boxing event delivered a great night out and did more than its fair share to raise funds for local causes, but this year, everyone went above and beyond.

“With over 300 diners, it is one of the biggest nights in Felixstowe’s charity calendar and raising £32,000 exceeded our wildest dreams.”

Now in its eighth year, the Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s Roger Beaton adds: “As they say, what a night. Guests enjoyed twelve boxing bouts, all of which were well-matched and to a very high standard. I’d also like to mention the contest for the Dave Norman Cup between Rio Gordon of Harwich and Nadir Ibrahim of Finchley. Rio, fast coming to the fore at a national level, won a unanimous points decision.

“The list of people that need thanking is long, but I’d like to start by acknowledging England Boxing for their commitment to supporting our endeavours and such exemplary sportsmanship. Once again, we thank Felixstowe-based Fred Olsen Travel Agents for their kind-hearted cruise donation. And our grateful appreciation goes to our headline sponsor Uniserve and its group of companies, Seafast Logistics, George Baker, and James Kemball.

“And finally, our biggest thanks go to all those individuals and companies that attended, donated raffle prizes, or provided any other support to enable us to fulfil our charitable goals. A final shout-out must go to two auction winners, who made boxing night history with their successful £1,000 bids. Fargo Systems’ Kate Gardner, who made her very generous and successful bid for the signed Eric Cantona shirt and Lee Birch, from James Kemball, who was delighted to take home the framed Tyson Fury Boxing glove.”

With the Rotary Club’s Boxing Night going from strength to strength, if you are keen to get involved in next year’s event, please get in touch with Roger Beaton, Roger@Beatons.co.uk, to register your interest.

Image: Rainywood Photography.