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Wilson Gets In The Ring For A Good Cause

By Laya Cable on October 4, 2012 in News

Photo: Biff Henderson

Serial philanthropist Pete Wilson is up to his old tricks again, putting his body through its paces in order to raise funds for charity.

The man who went from being an obese oaf to an ultra marathon running machine has decided to take things in a different direction in his latest charitable endeavour, this time pulling on the gloves and getting in the ring as part of the 2012 Charity Boxing Challenge.

“I had an issue with my heart a couple of years back that brought an end to the ultra marathon running but I still like to do my bit, so I thought I’d try boxing. Even if I get bashed about I can leave the ring with my head held high knowing that I’ve helped raise funds for a couple of great causes,” Wilson told The Beast.

The Charity Boxing Challenge is an amateur boxing event aiming to raise over $50,000 combined funding for the McGrath Foundation and Bowel Cancer Australia.

Wilson will be joined by a number of other amateur boxers on the night, most of whom come from white collar professions and have no previous boxing experience.

Last year there were over 1000 people in attendance and the event raised just over $38,000, which was donated to two charities, the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Network Kokoda.

There will be a huge range of raffle prizes on the night and guests including members of the NSW State of Origin Legends and various television personalities will be mingling amongst the VIPs.

The Charity Boxing Challenge will be held on October 6 at the Inglis Stables, 1 Young Street, Randwick. Ticket prices range from $40 per head for general entry up to $2000 for a VIP table of 10.

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