I’m typing very slowly at the moment, my arms are very sore. I’m currently in the midst of a very rigorous boxing training schedule for a charity boxing event coming up.
The Astoria Boxing Club was recently and unfortunately forced to shut it’s doors. The Astoria was a very old boxing club, a Vancouver institution, located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. If you aren’t familiar with the Downtown Eastside, it is considered one of North America’s poorest and most drug-addled neighbourhoods…it’s also where I live! I’ve watched so many young people waste away in my time here. A big part of what made the Astoria such a special place is their willingness to train anybody, regardless of financial circumstance if they are willing to work. They have offered countless underprivileged kids a place to go, mentorship, discipline, and a wonderful supportive community…things so essential to uplift kids in a bad situation. Dave the head trainer will even call their schools and parents to ensure they are keeping on the up and up during down time. I feel really passionately about what a good environment this is for kids to have available instead of the other more apparent options on the streets of the DTES.
It would be such a shame to see this place fade away, so a group of us are training hard to have a fight night so we can raise money to build these guys a new gym.
Help keep my training going, please throw a donation down. Any little bit helps, small contributions add up. These are all tax deductible- does your boss have too much money that he needs help with? Please pass this around.