Friends fight for Life Education Trust

Matthew Paraha and Tamatea Puru are set to fight for the Life Education Trust.
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Matthew Paraha and Tamatea Puru are set to fight for the Life Education Trust.

Boxers and best mates are set to square off in the ring - all in the name of charity.

Tautoro's Matthew Paraha and Tamatea PuruĀ from Otaua are set to step into the boxing ring to raise funds for the Life Education Trust Far North.

The pair, who both work for the Department of Corrections, have been training at The Mill Gym, Kaikohe in preparation for the showdown.

Matthew Paraha and Tamatea Puru are set to fight for the Life Education Trust. They hold Life Education mascot- Harold.
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Matthew Paraha and Tamatea Puru are set to fight for the Life Education Trust. They hold Life Education mascot- Harold.

"There's been so much hype, people are trying to pit us against each other," Paraha, 33, says.

"I just want to win."

When asked whether it will be difficult to fight a friend, Paraha says, in the ring Puru will just be his opponent.

Life Education Trust educator Terri Gravatt and Peter Hohepa with Harold.
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Life Education Trust educator Terri Gravatt and Peter Hohepa with Harold.

The pair have been training specifically for the fight for around six weeks, and have even been practicing (sparring) together.

Puru, 39, think it's going to be a pretty even fight.

"We are both out to win."

This is the second year that a 'Fight for Life Ed' has been held with 10 bouts setĀ for the event which supports the Life Education Trust to educate children about their body, friendships, their identity and many other topics.

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Life Education Trust Far North educator Terri Gravatt visits 6000 children at 75 schools in the Kaipara and Far North area each year.

Every year the trust aims to raise $25,000 for an upgrade to the classroom, but being a charity and also needing $100,000 annually for running costs, means an upgrade.

Gravatt says the upgrade would include projectors which would make for a more interactive and sensory experience for the children.

In 2016, the inaugural event for the Life Education Trust Far North raised $20,000.

Trust fundraising administrator Rebecca Crawford says "it's awesome having Anthony on board for the second year."

The Mill's Anthony Warren says the gym love to support a local charity.

"It's a good choice for us, since we are all about supporting the kids."

As well as boxers from The Mill, Bay of Islands Lee-Gar, and Toa Moerewa will be represented on the night.

Tickets are available to purchase every Friday from 12-2pm or contact Rebecca on 021 232 6875.

  • Fight for Life Boxing, July 29, Kaikohe Memorial Hall. Doors open 5.30pm, fights start at 6.30pm.

 - Stuff

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