On Friday May 11, Burswood Entertainment Complex’s Grand Ballroom hosted it’s biggest annual event, the Royal Queensbury Corporate Challenge presented by Promac, now in it’s fifth year. The who’s who of Perthonalities, big-hitting executives, and Tarvydas-clad beauties as far as the eye could see filled the ballroom, which was transformed into an elite boxing arena, for an event that has people scrambling for tickets weeks in advance, and for good reason, with all funds raised on the night going to ToyBox International.
Some of this years contenders that took on the challenge to raise money for ToyBox, included Dan ‘Anchorman’ Fraser from Cygnet Capital, up against Michael ‘The Prosecutor’ Pell of BGC Residential, beauty queen Steph ‘The Good’ Whife representing Sterling Cooper Collective facing off against fellow former Miss Universe Contestant Kim ‘The Hoff’ Eckhof from Azure Capital, and Declan ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Cahill from The West Australian going toe-to-toe with ‘Candy’ Cain Hayes of Swan Office Interiors.
The fierce competitors undertook a gruelling 10-week training regime at The Hurt Locker boxing gym in Claremont, all in preparation for the big event. With entrances that outshone those of any WWE production, the show included stunning ring girls, dancers, acrobatics and a roof-drop from Bernard ‘The Iron Man’ O’Rourke that rivalled any Hollywood super hero entrance.
The boxers battled it out with 10 bouts of three short, but very intense, two-minute rounds, to determine who took home the coveted RQCC belt from each fight. Channel 10 personality Lachy Reed returned as commentator on the evening, at the half time break encouraging everyone to get involved in the amazing luxury goods live auction, and get involved they did – some of the merry crowd spending big on the amazing items and experiences up for grabs, with more on offer in the luxury silent auction and ballot bidding including Bally, Escada, U-Boat, Calleija and Swarovski.
Fight of the Night went to Dan ‘Anchorman’ Fraser and Tom ‘The Head’ Hunter for their fierce battle, and although there was much victory in the ring, the real winners on the night were Australia’s sick and disadvantaged kids, with all of the money raised going to ToyBox International. 2012 proved to be the biggest and best year yet – breaking all previous records. Over $200, 000 was raised on the night, that will now go towards filling grants for ToyBox kids, an unbelievable achievement.A huge thank you to everyone involved for helping to make this possible.