The Portside Punch Charity boxing event is fundraising for a purpose-built Hospice House in North Otago.
The new facility will enable the Otago Community Hospice to further develop local services for North Otago residents and will contain offices for its local community care coordinators, as well as a clinical and counselling room for patient consultations.
This week, the Oamaru Mail will preview a Portside Punch bout each day, ahead of the event on Saturday.
Fight six of the evening will see Shannon ‘Hair Razor’ Parsons take on Gabrielle ‘The Galvaniser’ Docherty.
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SHANNON ‘HAIR RAZOR’ PARSONS
Born in Dunedin, the self-employed hairdresser has enjoyed and embraced the challenge of being completely out of her comfort zone by taking part in boxing training. The work of Hospice is close to Parsons’ heart, as she lost both a grandfather and grandmother to cancer in recent times.
The ‘Hair Razor’s’ mantra is: “Anything is possible when you want it enough.” She is happy to play her part in the name of a great cause.
GABRIELLE ‘THE GALVANISER’ DOCHERTY
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Docherty returned to her hometown of Oamaru in 2012 to open Estella Hair Studio on Tees Street. The 28-year-old felt that committing herself to the Portside Punch was just a small step towards a great cause.
Docherty lost her mother to cancer in 1997, which influenced her decision to be a part of an event that will benefit many families within the Oamaru community. As well as loving the great personal challenge, ‘The Galvaniser’ said she has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the fellow contenders and like-minded people along the way.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: Shannon ‘Hair Razor’ Parsons and Gabrielle ‘The Galvaniser’ Docherty.