Fight For Care Fights For The Underprivileged
30 June 2023 Hits:0
A charity fundraiser has packed a punch for the local community – helping raise much-needed funds for Matt’s Place.
“Fight for Care”, hosted by Brother Boxing at Cheltenham, saw enthusiasts unite for a worthy cause.
The sporting spectacle aimed at raising awareness about the important work of Bayside Community Care’s twice-weekly food program.
“We were looking for a local charity to partner with and support through our boxing event when we came across Matt’s Place last year,” Brother Boxing business owner Jack Hewitt said.
“We appreciate what they do in the community to assist people in need, and our boxing community wanted to help them out.
“We believe a strong community works together to help each other.
“This was the second fundraiser for Matt’s Place and we were totally blown away by people’s support and goodwill at the event.”
General manager Sandra Cavallo said the event couldn’t have come at a better time as demand at Matt’s Place’s two sites in Cheltenham and Chelsea continues to increase.
“We are so grateful to Jack and his team,” Ms Cavallo said. “Rising costs are putting enormous strain on individuals and families. As a result, we see new people accessing our services weekly.”
Matt’s Place Cheltenham has seen an 84 per cent increase in attendance in the March quarter compared to last year.
Demand for food hampers also spiked by 91 per cent for the same period, steadying at 60 per cent for the March quarter.
While funding is sourced through local government grants, church donations and fundraising activities, Bayside Community Care appeals to the private sector to ensure Matt’s Place continues to have an impact.
Brother Boxing raised $8,500, which will help cover the running costs of Matt’s Place.
Bayside Community Care has sponsorship and partnership opportunities for any business that wishes to make a difference.