Drive for a Cause provides helping hand for local sports group

 

Pat Palumbo (centre) of Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club stands with test drivers  Elise and Debbie LeBlanc last Saturday.

Pat Palumbo (centre) of Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club stands with test drivers Elise and Debbie LeBlanc last Saturday.

By Ron Giofu

 

People searching for a new vehicle received the opportunity to help a local sports organization at the same time last Saturday.

The third “Drive for a Cause” was held Saturday at Amherstburg Chevrolet GMC with $25 donated for every test drive taken that day. Proceeds from last Saturday’s fundraiser will be donated to Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club.

Pat Palumbo, one of the boxing club’s coaches, said fighters from the club are heading to tournaments in the near future and the money raised during the “Drive for a Cause” fundraiser will be put towards covering some of the expenses.

“Whatever we raise is a bonus,” said Palumbo. “We’d be happy with a couple hundred dollars. It would offset some of the costs (of sending boxers to out-of-town tournaments).”

John D’Alimonte, a Re/Max real estate agent out of the Amherstburg office, helped provide promotional support for the fundraiser and Palumbo said the boxing club was grateful to him and Kim Wheeler for their support.

“We need the community’s support and this is an easy way for them to help,” said Palumbo.

Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club is based out of the former Scout Hall at the corner of Victoria St. S. and Simcoe St.

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