From the beginnning of our project the Flynn Family have given us great support and financial assistance, the second house at The Good Life Orphanage is actually named after this family. Mike Junior has already raised in excess of £5k over the past three years for the orphanage and when we receive a call to Kenya one morning in early January we were estatic to learn that yet again he was prepared to literally give up any type of social life whilst preparing for “Fight Night” in order to raise money again for us.
This was going to be a show stopper, Tommy Gallagher a utility contractor based in Trafford Park, Manchester & our own Mike Flynn were having a “White Collar” boxing match, the venue was chosen Park Hall Hotel in Chorley on 12th April 2013 and the prize was the coveted North West Utilities Belt. After four months of intensive training, the stage was now set for the big night and thanks to the organisation skills of Jenny & Kathyrn we were all in for a night to remember.
The preceding fights gave us all a great insight into the main event and we were a little nervous & very apprehensive but looking forward to see Mike & Tommy in the ring, the atmosphere was electric and both fighters received a great reception from the crowd. it was not going to be easy but both men had been training and dedicated the previous four months to prepare for this, it was easy to see they were keen to “let the battle commence”.
After three, three minute rounds Tommy was declared the winner but not before Mike put up a great battle, it was an amazing achievement for both fighters and the crowd showed their appreciation and applauded the bravery of Mike & Tommy. For us at The GLO, win or loose, we were very proud of Mike and were very happy to see him exit the ring without any battle scars!
The proceeds from the night were divided between The Good Life Orphanage and Larches & Savick Boxing Club, here is Mary & Kevin receiving a cheque for £15,000 for Mike outside his offices in Hudcar Lane, Bury. This money will be used to continue with the building of our much needed Transition House and we are hoping Mike will be on hand in Kenya to assist on the official opening day in February 2014 where he will receive a hero’s welcome from all our staff & the 60 children