Like most people, Matt has been personally affected by cancer. His family, both in Australia and abroad, have faced a diagnosis. Some won their fight, but devastatingly, others didn’t.
When Matt had the opportunity to fundraise for a charity through his boxing club, he knew he wanted to choose a cancer charity. Fight Cancer Foundation stood out to him because of the unique support services we offer.
“I know that you’re supporting kids in hospitals in terms of keeping their education current, which is a fantastic initiative.
Also, we are fortunate that we live in Sydney so treatment is just down the road, but in a big country like Australia not every family has that luxury. To provide those families who have to travel long distances accommodation is a great service,” Matt explains.
Matt is taking part in a boxing night, hosted by his club, South Side Boxing in Sydney. Thirty six amateur boxers will step into the ring on the night, in front of a crowd of about 400 family and friends. Matt took up boxing as a way to keep fit and he’s been enjoying the extra challenge of sparing and training fights.
“It’s pretty intense, you kind of forget about the fitness aspect as you are just trying to keep up. You don’t have time to worry about being tired,” explains Matt.
Matt has already beaten his fundraising target of $2000, and is hoping to raise even more to help Australian families in their fight against cancer.
“It’s an increasing issue as more and more people are being impacted by various cancers. It’s a universal experience. We need all the spotlighting and fundraising that we can get.”
Matt is stepping into the ring on Friday 12 April at the Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club.