Lords of the ring - Clongowes Wood College

Posted: 13th February 2014

Following several weeks of lung-busting training at the National Boxing Stadium on South Circular Road our 30 volunteers are ready! (see YouTube link below) On February 21st at Dandelion on St. Stephen’s Green, they will take to the ring and embody the fight that Jack Kavanagh began in August 2012.

Despite paralysis following a C4/C5 spinal injury, Jack has been an inspiration to us all. In the past seven months he has returned to Trinity College to recommence his studies in pharmacy. Despite some initial difficulties Jack has been able to enjoy college life once again primarily thanks to the great support he has received. Furthermore, fundraising efforts thus far have facilitated visits to the UK where Jack has met with specialists who have shown him the capabilities of his body.

Jack also encountered some individuals who were living proof that, through sheer determination and hard work, improvement is possible. With Trinity College also sending a fitness instructor to be trained up in this area, Jack has been able to embark on a physical programme that is designed to push his body to the limits – just as he had always done as an accomplished windsurfer.

Yet while considerable progress has been made, Jack is all too aware that his life journey will be very different to what he had envisaged when leaving Clongowes on Union Day 2011. There will be many tough days ahead and he will need plenty of physical, moral and financial support.

As Jack’s friends, we believe it is now our time to lend a hand and help to make Jack’s journey just that little bit easier. While it will be a physically challenging enterprise for our fighters, the emotional reward as they ‘Fight for Jack’ (@Fight4Jack) is set ensure that the night will be one to remember for all those associated with Jack’s cause.

If you wish to donate to ‘Fight for Jack’ please use the following link: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/richard_mcelwees_event/

For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/fight-for-jack-tickets-9475839491

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Mr Richard McElwee

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