Boxing Gym Supports Most Vulnerable

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 5:05 p.m. December 11, 2018

Officers at 11 Division thanked a community partner for helping in their efforts to help the most vulnerable.

A group of people holding toys in front of a boxing ring
Bloor St. Boxing & Fitness Club members collected toys and socks to help people around the holidays

United Way Greater Toronto fundraising ambassadors at Toronto Police’s 11 Division collaborated with the Bloor St. Boxing & Fitness Club to collect over 400 pair of socks to support a police effort to get socks to those who need them most.

Constable Basil Fernandes helped coordinate the effort that led to 400 pairs of socks being donated to the gym to benefit United Way-funded agency Haven Toronto, which is a drop-in centre for homeless men over the age of 50. About 5,000 socks were collected with the help of McGregor Socks.

‘This club has been partnering with 11 Division for the last two years,” Fernandes said. “They have the BADGE (Boxers Against Drugs & Guns Everywhere) program that they have been offering to students at Western Tech Collegiate, which is in our division."

The gym sends trainers and equipment to the school once a week to provide free boxing classes to about 25 students. 

"Because of the generous community spirit of this club I am not surprised they stepped up once we decided we were going to do something for United Way," Fernandes said.

The club also collected toys for the Holly Jones Toy Drive that will be donated to the Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club. The toy drive is held in memory of the 10-year-old girl who was murdered in 2003 in the nearby community.

“We have a special relationship with 11 Division and relish the opportunity to do anything we can to benefit the community,” said Sarah Kelahear, the club’s general manager.

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