Namibia’s leading Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) launched the MTC Knock Out Project using boxing as a tool to create awareness about Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Namibia.
The project which is also dubbed as “Boxing for social change” will see many Namibian media, corporate and entertainment personalities fight for social change.
MTC’s Chief of Human Capital and Corporate Affairs, Tim Ekandjo explained that the personalities fighting one another will get professional training before they step into the boxing ring. “These personalities will challenge each other over 3 rounds of exhibition boxing, one minute per round, in a fun filled evening. Before they enter the ring, these personalities will receive professional boxing training for a period of 3 months from real boxing Trainers from the MTC Nestor Sunshine Promotions and MTC Salute Boxing Academy,” he said.
Ekandjo said for 2019 MTC’s focus for their corporate social responsibility will be on creating awareness around GBV. “This is not just a boxing fight, but a fight against social change. A fight against the many social ills that takes our society and nation backwards. We know that these ills are many, and we will therefore target them one by one with each event,” he added. Ekandjo pointed out that GBV is a serious issue in Namibia that needs to be solved and action is needed to make an impact in our communities. ” We cannot allow our society to be swallowed by Gender Based Violence, we can also not just pay lip service to it without a call for action because GBV is serious,” he said.
During her Keynote Address the Chairperson of The National Council, Honourable Margaret Mensah-Williams applauded MTC for their project and said the project will make a huge impact in society and change many peoples lives. “Boxing has proven itself to be a successful medium to combat anti-social behavioural problems among young people because it offers stress release and a productive pass time. Thank you to MTC for using boxing’s power to bring change,” she praised.
All ticket sales proceeds from this event will be donated to a charity of MTC’s choice, a charity that fights GBV. MTC’s plan is to allow corporates to brand the boxing attire the personalities will wear on the night of the event and they want to raise an amount of N$800,000 through the project.
The event is scheduled for the 12th October 2019 at the Windhoek Country Club. General tickets will sell for N$250, while VIP tables will sell for only N$10,000.
To find out who the personalities are who will be going at it in the boxing ring, check out Unwrap.online tomorrow for another in-depth entertainment article.