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A huge congratulations and massive thanks to Joelle Legg, who won her fight in Boxing Alley’s ‘Fit to Fight’ challenge and raised an amazing $5,097 for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa, through her Givealittle page; Oh Mumma, you can…

Participants of the Fit to Fight challenge spent eight weeks, training three times a week, learning how to box, training as a group and developing skills in self confidence, perseverance and discipline. They also fundraised for their chosen charities.

Joelle, a Mum of two, chose to support PADA, having been diagnosed with postnatal depression and anxiety after the birth of her first son, six years ago and before the birth of her second.

Now, healthy and thriving, Joelle writes on her Givealittle page, that she wanted to “offer other women who may be where I was that there is hope, that they can get well, they can thrive.” and to “raise funds for PADA, ensuring the education, resources and support to other women is easily accessible.”

Joelle Legg after her win with Fit to Fight

A holistic health coach, Joelle, provided updates on her Facebook, Instagram, and Givealittle page. She wrote of it being;

“not just a physical challenge but extremely mental – getting out of my head and remaining calm when someone is punching you, you’re trying to execute your game plan, your hot, sweaty and tired is like nothing else. BUT I have overcome hard things before, and not that I should compare but this is easy compared to the battle I face postnatally with depression and anxiety. So I HAVE GOT THIS.”

The week of the fight, Joelle updated her donors, saying;

“It’s mental health awareness week here in NZ and my youngest son also has his final day at Kindergarten which feels like an end to a chapter which early on was a very challenging part of my life, I am grateful for all of it because of where I am today. I can not WAIT to step into the ring on Saturday night to celebrate how far I have come and to represent every beautiful woman who may be where I was to remind them how strong, beautiful, and incredibly powerful they are.”

On Saturday 1st October, Joelle and participants in the eight week challenge, Fit-to-Fight, stepped into the boxing ring for the finale, fighting for themselves and their charities. As a whole, the event raised a whopping $35,344 for many deserving charities and we are so beyond thrilled and thankful for our funds.

Joelle, you smashed your goal of offering hope to and raising much needed funds to support others.

Report by Kelly Gilchrist, 19 Oketopa October 2022