INVERCARGILL’S Koha Kai is to benefit from the Fight for Kidz 2018 charity boxing tournament, it was announced this week.
“I am thrilled to bits,” Koha Kai project lead Janice Lee said.
“It was one of those things that you hope will happen, but you are aware there are equally deserving charities out there. I am excited it is our turn.”
Proceeds raised from the event would be used to procure a food truck to sell healthy Koha Kai food to the community at a grass roots level, she said.
“[The food truck] means we can go to sports and school events. It makes us mobile and puts us out in the community.”
The non-profit organisation teaches people with disabilities hospitality and horticultural skills, while preparing healthy lunches for children at some of Invercargill’s low-decile schools.
Mrs Lee said the Koha Kai school lunches removed the stigma children often experienced when receiving lunch packs provided by the school.
Fight for Kidz co-organiser Dave Bartley said Koha Kai was chosen from eight applications from children’s charities to receive the proceeds from the event.
“[Koha Kai] do a lot with disabled people teaching them life skills, and helping out kids at the same time.”
Mr Bartley and co-organiser Steve Boutcher have been organising the biennial charity boxing tournament since 2003, raising more than $500,000 for Southland children’s charities in that time.
Two of the 24 boxers selected to fight in the Fight for Kidz tournament this year, hairdresser Megan Anderson and lawyer Katherine McDonald, said they were keen to take part in the event for the fitness challenge and to support the worthy cause.
Training starts at the end of January/early February.