Introducing our 2017 Charity Boxers


The Following Men and Women are stepping outside of their comfort zone's and stepping into the Ring on Saturday the 14th of October right here in Townsville.

We are proud to present the following Contenders


Mark Partland

Director of Ingham Road Seafood


In 2003 I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer.

I was 36 years old with a toddler and a baby on the way. I was completely blindsided by this diagnosis.Thankfully after months of chemo I was given the all clear.My fundraising will all culminate on the 14th October this year when I will be a participant in Fight For your Cause run by Body Torque Gym and BT Fight Central.I will be stepping into the ring as an amateur fighter.


I want to make a difference and bring some support to guys going through this tough physical and emotional time as they fight this disease.


Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button.All Funds raised via this page will go directly to The Townsville Hospital Foundation and allocated to support families currently being affected by Testicular Cancer.



Paddy Pool 


Townsville Suicide Prevention Network


Why im fighting for my Cause

Harden up. Suck it up. Man up. We’ve been telling our men this for years, but is it healthy? Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44. And alarming new research suggests that some men choose to take their own life, rather than appear weak by asking for help.

Depression effects 1 in 7 Australians, but men are less likely to admit it because vulnerability is still perceived as a sign of weakness, especially about a problem you can’t see.


TSPN launched their Community Action Plan for Suicide Prevention in the Townsville Region.It is a multi-level, multi-faceted approach to suicide prevention one of which is Intervention Training.The TSPN have a vision of training 5% of the Townsville population in suicide intervention by the year 2020(100% of the funds will go to cause)”

Like a lot of people I have been personally effected by suicide and want to do everything I can to stop it and get help to the people who need it……



Josh Peters    -   Manager - Waltlec Industries


I am aiming to raise much needed funds for Heartkids.Every day in Australia 8 children are born with a childhood heart disease and unfortunately every week 4 young children die from it's consequences. Trust me it does happen!!!


I'm a father of a Heart Angel, my daughter Sofia was sick and attended Townsville Hospital, diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy at 12 weeks old. Life was turned into a cyclone, we were airlifted to Lady Cilento in Brisbane where we spent 3 weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Sadly Sofia's heart couldn't take anymore and she passed away.


During our time we were contacted by Heartkids representatives and learnt that it is a charity focused on improving the lives and futures of those affected by childhood heart disease They do this by providing high quality, caring support, information and advocacy and to give hope by driving world class research.

Although nothing could take away the pain Heartkids did as much as possible to help us out and for this I am forever grateful.


All funds raised via this page will go directly to Heartkids, please dig deep and help out as much as you can.Please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, Personally, it means a lot to me



Amber Koetsveld


Sales and Marketing  Body Torque Gym


Dragons Abreast Townsville
I will proudly step into the ring to raise money for the amazing, strong and inspirational women from Dragons Abreast Townsville.
Commonly called "The Pinkies" Dragons Abreast Townsville is part of the National movement of Dragons Abreast clubs who, through the team sport of Dragon boat paddling, seek to help people with a diagnosis of breast cancer understand they can lead full and active lives despite the physical limitations imposed by breast surgery.

My beautiful mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago and it was one of the scariest and most emotional times of my life. My mum is everything to me but you don’t realise how much you take for granted that they will always be there until something like this happens. We are blessed that she went through surgery and made a full recovery but not everyone is so lucky


Jess Graniglia

Next Level Land Marketing


Liberty Living NQ
Liberty Living NQ will create a new housing option available to children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities and/or complex support needs by advancing a new residental prototype that considers innovation, individuality, community integration and choice while balancing economic realities. This project has the potential to energise an era that bring public, private and non-for-profit sector interests together, with new opportunites in research, health and education to collaborate in a specialised living precinct and allows children and young adults with disabilities along with their families to choose not just their residence but a sustainable lifestyle.

*31.1% of young people with disabilities are at risk of entering or already reside in an aged care facility.
*58% do not get a visit from a friend. Most live in isolation living a life NOT worth living."

This residental community will be a first for Australia!



 Laura Breust 


The Cure Starts Now


 I threw my first jab, hook & uppercut at Body Torque Health & Fitness Townsville 24 Hour Gym. In 3 months I'll step in the ring for a corporate charity boxing matc...h as part of Fight for your Cause.

I'll be fighting for The Cure Starts Now Australia - a local charity raising money to fight childhood brain cancer.

> Brain cancer kills more Australian children than ANY other disease.
> Brain cancer kills more Australians <40 than ANY other cancer.
> 9/10 children diagnosed with Leukemia, and 9/10 people diagnosed with breast cancer will survive today. Only 2/10 diagnosed with brain cancer will.
> BUT it receives LESS THAN 5% of government funding. Diabolical, I know.


Chris Hiette     Director of IMalekki


Red Frogs

Locally, we have had some issues with our youth of late getting plenty of publicity (mainly bad) in the media.

This great organisation support these youth and help look out for them. As a son, a husband and more recently in my life, becoming a father.

This new role has given me a new perspective on life and the importance of the future of our community! Our Youth.

Red Frogs are a great organisation investing in the youth, in ours and many other communities.

They do a great job and I guess that I just wanted to do my bit to help them out.

If you have a spare few bucks to throw my way to help this organisation, I would really appreciate it


Eddie Bojocan

Team Leader at RACQ Auto Glass Townsville which is operated by City Vehicle Services


 Act For Kids


I am a strong believer that all kids should have a safe and happy childhood. Sadly though this is not always the case.


Did you know that one child is abused or neglected every 12 minutes in Australia? Act for Kids is a great local charity that work to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. In 2016 alone Act for Kids helped over 20,000 children and families and there are many more in need.

I am sure you all agree that Act for Kids is a great Cause and therefore I am asking for you to help me make a Difference. Every little bit helps and let me assure you that 100% of the funds raised will go directly to Act for Kids.


Please help by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button.


Jesse Pratt

Carpenter at Michael Case Homes


Act for Kids

Hi my name is Jesse Pratt,I am a carpenter for Michael Case Homes in Townsville and I've nominated for F4YC because I want to make a difference.
I'm inspired by the work of Act for Kids and with myself, family members and close friends having been affected by abuse or neglect as children I am passionate about this cause.
My way of supporting Act for Kids is by participating in a corporate charity boxing event held on the 14th of October this year. 'Fight for Your Cause' which is organised by Body Torque and BT fight Central Townsville.

It is an event where people from all walks of life raise money for a good cause and enter into the boxing ring for 3 rounds in the name of charity.

This will be my first boxing fight, please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Act for Kids, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!


Mick Rowan:     




Unlock The Lachs


As a loving father of 3 beautiful girls, Lachy’s story resonated with Mick and so he is courageously volunteering to step into the ring to pay kindness forward with Unlock the Lachs.

In loving memory of Lachy, his parents and family founded Unlock the Lachs.

Unlock the Lach’s intention is to carry on Lachy’s legacy and honour his memory by paying his love forward. They are 100% local and in your community.


Unlock the Lachs knows that most of the all abilities families’ financial choices revolve around the requirements of the child. This situation attracts extra pressure on all relationships within the family. Their mission is to support the whole family by putting a smile on their faces and enabling the creation of happy memories. Memories are invaluable, priceless and irreplaceable and we have them with us always in our hearts and minds. Little things make big differences to people’s lives. They believe that we all have special needs, it’s simply more obvious in some but what makes each of us happy is different. Lachy opens hearts to all of our inclusive community and they want everyone to know his magic.

Please support Mick and Unlock the Lachs by donating. Every donation has the ability to change a local family’s way of being.



Jono Allan 


Personal Trainer at Body Torque Gym




 I served in the first battalion between 2002 and 2008, it was a short stint however I still experienced some of the most mentally challenging moments of my life. Fortunately or unfortunately depending how you look it I didn't get to go on operations in a war torn country... but a lot of my very close mates and fellow diggers did and still are. What these brave men and women endure for their country is more than most of us could even imagine and far too often as a result the mental wounds are irreparable.

“Mates4Mates supports our wounded, injured or ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families who are wounded, injured or ill as a result of their service. Mates4Mates is recognised nationally for providing the most progressive, integrated support programs in the country, which help rebuild and save lives. Funds raised will be kept local and allocated to The Family recovery centre located right her in Townsville”


Brad Landouw Owner of Spartan PTI


Paediatric Ward


My decision to participate in Fight for your Cause 2017 was brought about by one major life-changing event in my life.

Quite simply, the birth of a terminally ill child…… my niece Grace.


Baby Grace was diagnosed with Schinzel-Giedion syndrome in the early stages of her life. Schinzel-Giedion syndrome is a severe condition that is apparent at birth and affects many body systems. Signs and symptoms of this condition include distinctive facial features, neurological problems, and organ and bone abnormalities. Because of their serious health problems, most affected individuals do not survive past childhood.


Baby Grace was a 1 in 375 million baby and only the second known case of Schinzel-Giedion in Australia. She passed away in her parents’ arms on the 12 May this year. Grace was not even 18 months old.

The Cairns Paediatric Ward supported Grace so wonderfully during her life that I have decided to donate all funds raised to the Cairns Paediatric Ward so that they can continue to support all children in our region with the same professional and caring manner as Baby Grace.


Please help me raise $10,000 to support our sick and injured children. More information on how to do this will be released soon.



Mitch Thompson 


Beyond Blue


The awkward looking, somewhat quiet and shy young bloke from the South Coast of NSW was recruited into the Australian Defence Force at the age of 18.


After initial employment training in Melbourne, Mitch was posted to Brisbane where he was deployed on the Overwatch Battle Group rotation 4… but that was all 10 plus years ago.


In March of 2012, Mitch began employment at Harris Corporation based around support to Defence through Combat Network Radio instruction and provision of advice to users and senior Communications Systems Engineers.


Mitch has been affiliated with the beyondblue Foundation for the past 5 years, and will be taking this bout on Fight For Your Cause to raise funds for this amazing charity.



Kim Lawrence

QLD Police Service


Cardiac Ward - Townsville


I decided to participate in the 2017 Fight for your cause after watching the 2016 event. From witnessing the fantastic sportsmanship and dedication of every fighter and trainer, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.



I spent a great deal of time thinking of which charity, each one worthy, that I wished to raise funds for.

The decision was made for me in late May when my dad was dignosed with heart disease. Luckily for us, dad under went a successful angioplasty with amazing results! And for this, we are truly grateful.


I am in absolute awe of the methods and technologies used in every day medicine, and for this reason, I have decided to fight for the Cardiac ward of Townsville Hospital.


Thank you all very much for your support



Kirsten Anderson - Teacher

Townsville Suicide Prevention Network

I have chosen to fight for the Townsville Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) because their fight is a fight close to my heart, and it's a fight we need to win.

I've been teaching for over 10 years now and during that time I've encountered the impact suicide can have on individuals, families and communities.

Sadly most of us will, at some point in our lives, be touched by suicide in some way: be that through the loss of a loved one, friend or colleague to suicide, or through knowing someone who has attempted suicide. It may be that we have even had suicidal thoughts ourselves.

In my years as a teacher I have worked with Australian Defence Force (ADF) families, children from rural communities and children from aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities. These are just a few of the groups which research has shown are at risk in our local community.

It is for this reason that suicide prevention is everybody's business and it takes a whole community, united in purpose and vision, to effect change.

The Townsville Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) works within the Townsville region; incorporating Magnetic Island and Palm Island. Their Community Action Plan takes a multifaceted and multilevel approach, and targets the greatest at-risk groups including the Ex-ADF community; Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community and the LGBTIQ community.

They also work alongside affected families with crisis care, aftercare and bereavement support.


Leith Milton


Representing The Rod Johnstone Group


A Note from Leith:My name is Leith and by day I am the office manager for an amazing team at Rod Johnstone Group and by night I have turned boxing protégé. I am fighting for my son Zander and to raise awareness for Youth Suicide.



In January this year, Zander tried to hang himself.


He had just turned 13. I am raising $10,000 to get Zander to specialist support services in Brisbane every month for the next 12 months and also for an operation to fix a throat defect he was born with, which will help him to breathe better, sleep better and help relieve his anxiety.


Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents. In 2015, suicide was the leading cause of death of children between 5 and 17 years of age.


 I want to start conversations in our community and engage our community leaders to bridge the gap for support services here in Townsville for critical care/incidents as there is a massive gap for youth in danger of harming themselves and for the families that are so desperately trying to save them. I also call upon our community leaders to help facilitate change in our state and federal government where there is a massive divide between mental health and disability departments and their supports.

It takes a community to raise a child and each of us is a participant, whether knowingly or inadvertently, by the way we interact with youth and our responses to their actions. I am sending a call to arms to our community and Australia as a nation, as eight children and young people commit suicide every week in Australia. Our community is not only losing its future doctors, nurses, policemen and women, teachers and lawyers but WE are losing our Children, brothers, sisters, friends and family. The biggest drivers of suicide, depression and addiction are Fear, Disconnection and Shame and society has created a culture in which these factors are taking the lives of our loved ones.


It is up to us as a community to come together and facilitate connection and engagement with those around us through patience, understanding and tolerance.


We as a community need to recognize, respond and create an action plan to save our kids.


I refuse to stand by and let my son be taken. I will not go quietly into the night, I will rage against the dying of the light and this is my call to arms to our community to come together and be the gatekeepers for our children.



Ashley Rio         Director of Rio Fit NQ

Liberty Living NQ


Liberty Living NQ will create a new housing option available to children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities and/or complex support needs by advancing a new residental prototype that considers innovation, individuality, community integration and choice while balancing economic realities.

This project has the potential to energise an era that bring public, private and non-for-profit sector interests together, with new opportunites in research, health and education to collaborate in a specialised living precinct and allows children and young adults with disabilities along with their families to choose not just their residence but a sustainable lifestyle.

A note from Ashley:
"I chose to support Liberty Living NQ as I have worked firsthand with children with disabilities and know the difficulties they face in finding suitable accommodation and the correctly trained staff to help manage their day-to-day life and develop the skills to become independent.

Too many young people with disabilities reside in aged care facilities because there simply aren’t any other options. I’m incredibly proud to be a supporter of Liberty Living NQ and help give these young people the best chance at a full and rewarding life."

*31.1% of young people with disabilities are at risk of entering or already reside in an aged care facility.
*58% do not get a visit from a friend. Most live in isolation living a life NOT worth living."

This residental community will be a first for Australia!


Kirsti Neave


Youth Support Officer

Project Booyah – Townsville

Project Booyah is a mentor program for at risk youth which reduces their involvement in self harm, substance misuse, antisocial behavior, crime and the criminal justice system. Project Booyah bridge...s the disconnect between at risk youth and their community by building career pathways through education, vocational training, case management, community intervention, social skill development and adventure based learning.

Please get behind Kirsti and Booyah, The Fight for your cause team have seen first hand how incredible the program and everyone involved is including the young men and women who take part.


It is a fantastic initiative that deserves all the support it can get.


Jack Taber  


East Coast Towing

Supporting a young local man Joel Stanger


Joel was involved in a horrific accident while performing modifications to their boat.

Joel has suffered a substantial amount of broken bones, lacerations and bleeding on his brain. The young father to be and his fiancé are expecting their first-born child. Jack has nominated to allocate his fundraising to this young family to ease the financial strain of the recovery.

Nugget Prior


Special Mention goes to Nugget for courageously stepping up and agreeing to fight on the night as we had a contestant pull out last minute.


Without Nugget’s support Eddie would have missed out on being able to participate in this year’s event after the tremendous effort he has put into his training and fundraising over the last few months!


Ness Izzard


Director of Ness Nifty Cleaning

My name is Ness and this is my brother Chris
Chris was diagnosed with stag 4 lung cancer in Oct 2016. ...
Chris has never smoked a day in his life just one of the unlucky people that get lung cancer for no real reason , When I heard about the charity fight I wanted to do it so I could show Chris that he is not alone fighting his battle.
I have never had a fight in my life, I train boxing for fitness so my family and friends know this is a big challenge for me.

I would like to raise money to cross some things of his bucket list , I do understand money is tight and times are hard so even a gold donation would be greatly appreciated.

So please from the bottom of my heart please help me try and make some of Chris’s dreams come true


Michelle Shaw


Special Mention to Michelle who stepped in last minute to help match up one of our charity contestants  - without Michelle doing this a fighter would have missed out on competing this year.

Veronica Waugh


Townsville AEIOU Foundation

There are many charities that desperately need all our help to raise much needed funds to help them to continue and function and each are very deserving, however I have chosen to raise funds for the Townsville AEIOU Foundation, for children with Autism.

Autism is a developmental disability; also know as Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD.

I have chosen this charity to raise more awareness of ASD and to show support to my nephew Jacob now 13 years of age who has been dealing with autism which was diagnosed when he was young.


I have first hand seen the effects of this on him and the battle my sister goes through dealing with all its challenges, including the many doctors appointments, daily medication, counselling and occupational therapy.

Jacob struggles academically, socially and likes very little food and therefore has to be tube fed via a gastric tube into his stomach.

Jacob is now in high school with the special needs group, and although he is making progress it is slow and hard. We can only imagine what it is like for anyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder and I believe that intense therapy and support during these important early years can make a very positive difference for the future of all.

AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism is one of Australia's largest providers of full-time early intervention, delivering a curriculum that is underpinned by evidence-based practices. With eight centres across Queensland, including Nathan, Bray Park, Camira, Sippy Downs, Gold Coast, Bundaberg Toowoomba, and Townsville. AEIOU Foundation supports more than 240 pre-school aged children with an autism diagnosis each year, in a naturalistic setting.

AEIOU’s therapy-based program is full-time, providing 20 hours of intensive early intervention each week. Families also benefit from access to specialist long-day care outside of the program times.


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