The Portside Punch has proved incredibly popular amongst locals with all of the 460 seats being snapped up despite tables being $2500 for a table of 10.
One of the organisers Sally-Ann Donnelly said it was a great achievement to sell the event out.
“I’m really happy with the response and it shows the community have been willing to pay to come and view 20 locals battle it out in the ring throughout the night.
“This is a superb way to kick things off and make sure that fundraising for the new Hospice House is on the right track.”
The Portside Punch was an idea brought about by Mrs Donnelly, who was talking with a few people and decided a boxing fundraiser would be a fantastic way to raise funds for North Otago Hospice House.
While the hospice project was still in the early stages, North Otago coordinator for Otago Community Hospice Bridget McAtamney said it was great to be receiving such support.
“It’s truly awesome to see the community coming together like it has to sell the event out, but also help raise funds for something which is important to North Otago.”
Mrs McAtamney said any funds raised would be really appreciated.
“Anything helps and this is just a start, but it’s a fantastic start and the organising committee and community need to be thanked.”
Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green said the facility would provide a massive boost to the community.
“The new facility will enable the Otago Community Hospice to further develop local services for North Otago residents.”
Mrs Green said the Otago Community Hospice was overwhelmed by the support from North Otago.
Otago Community Hospice funding and marketing coordinator Ebony Johnston said it was an important event, as it helped let people know that the Otago hospice is available to people who require it in Oamaru.
The Portside Punch starts at 6pm on Saturday and features 10 bouts and an auction.
A Boar and Stag hunting event on August 8-10 will be the next fundraiser for North Otago Hospice House.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
COUNTING DOWN: Sally Ann Donnelly and Bridget McAtamney at the arena where 20 boxers will take to the ring on Saturday evening to raise funds for a Hospice House in Oamaru.