Editor’s note: This is the final story of Part 1 of The News’ weekly features on the Albion Amateur Boxing Club to celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary. We will run Parts 2 and 3 later in the club’s season.
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Elizabeth Elliott and Shauna Sullivan, chair and co-chair of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club fundraising committee, have been in their positions with the committee for the past two years, but have been involved with fundraising for the past four years at the club.
TRENTON – Behind a great man is a woman. In this case, both Elizabeth Elliott and Shauna Sullivan are working hard behind the scenes to help raise money for the club, so the coaches at the Albion Amateur Boxing Club can focus on training the boxers.
“The club has bought all this new equipment and they’ve got all these new kids coming in,” said Elliott, the chair of the fundraising committee. “The coaching staff is excellent so anything we can do to help them is important. They put in so much time, so if we can handle this end of it, it gives them so much more time to put into the boxers. If we or somebody else doesn’t do it then the coaches still need to find ways to raise money.
“It would take more time away from them or mean they have to stay up late every night. Instead they can focus more on the kids.”
Both Elliott and co-chair Shauna Sullivan first got involved with the club four years ago when their sons started boxing. Two years later they took on the full fundraising committee duties, although now their sons are no longer involved. They continue to put in countless hours weekly, monthly and yearly because they know how important the club is to the youth involved.
“We think it’s important, the kids enjoy it and we love spending time with the kids and helping them out anytime we can,” said Sullivan. “I know we’re both big advocates of giving them opportunities they might not have. A lot of them get to fulfill dreams they may have or they get to travel out of province and do some things they didn’t they could possibly do.
“Basically I think for both of us if we’re able to give them that, even if we’re only a small part of it, that it’s important we’re able to help fulfill that.”
It’s trips like that, that money raised by the committee goes towards. The money also goes to new equipment that the club needs. Last year the committee raised $6,600 through ticket sales and other functions. That doesn’t include donations that are given to the club from the community or sponsors. That also doesn’t include the fees collected from the boxers.
Up until last year their biggest fundraiser was bartending at the Lobster Carnival, but the SaltScape Sweepstakes sponsored by Sport Nova Scotia, helped the club the most. Elliott said it was a four month process, but it was easier to do because Sport N.S. did all the ground work and all the club had to do was sell tickets.
According to Elliott, every year they look back to see what worked and what didn’t before making plans moving forward. She added that their biggest problem each year is recruiting participation, although some get involved.
“It’s trial and error,” she said. “We look at what we did last year and cross off the list the things that didn’t net much money and keep going with the things that did okay and try to come up with a couple of new ideas. Our biggest trouble is recruiting participation to help each year. We have a lot of parents that are good and excellent. The boxers are good as well, but some of them come and some of them go. Some aren’t as enthusiastic about this end of what you have to do to keep the club running.
“They want to come in and train, but aren’t as enthusiastic about selling tickets or going to fundraisers.”
This year they hope a big fundraiser will be hosting a card locally to celebrate the clubs 25th year anniversary. It has been a few years since the club has hosted a card, which is why the sought out options like the SaltScape Sweepstakes.
Elliott said they hope they raise a significant amount with the card, but even if they don’t that’s okay too.
“This being our 25th year we’re really hitting the pavement looking for a place that we can host a card probably around March or April and we’re hoping to make it a great big affair,” said Elliott. We want to take as many of our boxers and let them have a bout in their own community. That is our big focus this year even if it isn’t a big money maker. We want to show off the boxers, show off the club and say thank you to corporate sponsors.”
She said that Sobeys has helped with donations for their cards in the past as well as any draw they do. They’ve also had support from the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Pictou County Subway stores and many others. She said a card is a great way to publically thank them.
“They do a lot for us, so we want the chance to be able to show them some appreciation,” said Sullivan. “The kids put a lot of work in as well, so we want them to be able to show the community what they’ve learned. We hope it will be a great event.”
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