Boxing against hunger

2016-11-29 06:00
 Joseph Chinana teaches children at St Paul’s Primary some boxing basics.

Joseph Chinana teaches children at St Paul’s Primary some boxing basics.

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A local boxing gym will be throwing punches to raise funds for vulnerable children.

Mojo Boxing & Fitness in Sea Point will host a Fight to Feed charity boxing event on Wednesday in aid of Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA).

PSFA is an organisation which works to combat the prevalence of hunger in children attending schools, and the boxing event will look to raise enough to feed an entire class of 35 children breakfast and lunch daily, for a year.

Owner of Mojo Boxing & Fitness, Joseph Chinana, and Sergio Lumanda, the gym’s resident competing boxer and trainer, along with some fighters, recently visited St Paul’s Primary School in Bo-Kaap – the school the Fight to Feed event will be supporting – and hosted an interactive boxing session with over 40 of the Grade 5 learners.

“It is difficult to imagine heading off to school for a full day without having a single nutritious meal that day. That is the plight of so many children in South Africa,” Chinana says.

PSFA provides a nutritious daily meal to over 28 000 children at 155 schools, and have done so since 1958, serving over 1.5bn meals to hungry school children, says the organisation’s Charles Grey.

“Now we’re stepping into the boxing ring with Mojo Boxing & Fitness to increase the number of children we can feed each year.”

In the build-up to the event, the boxing gym has been hosting specialised classes for participating boxers. The training during these classes is very different to the boxing training typically offered to “everyday athletes” seeking to get in better shape. “Training an individual to compete in a boxing ring requires teaching them how to land and take punches with human opponents. These athletes have to learn to hit and be hit by a competitor.

“Not all the boxers participating are competing boxers, but have a passion for the popular combat sport. With these classes we want to make sure they are prepared for the event. It is all about energy and we believe our boxers have plenty to go around,” says Chinana.

V The Fight to Feed event will take place at 18:00 at the Fire and Ice Hotel. Tickets to the public event are R200 from Webtickets. All proceeds will support PSFA.

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