NORTH RIVER – Darrin Mosher doesn’t want to go another winter without heat.
That’s the current case for Hubtown Boxing, of which Mosher is president, in their new location on Highway 311 in North River. But, thanks to a recent $4,000 donation by Scotiabank in Truro, bills such as heating and new equipment purchases will be looked after.
“We’ve been going through a lot of our savings. We’re paying bills now, and we’re also investing in new gear,” he said. “We’ll be getting things like head gear, gloves, and face gear.”
Since the beginning of 2017, the team of red shirts, as they’re often known throughout the community, has given more than $104,000 to various organizations in Colchester County. Along with Hubtown Boxing, CEC Safe Grad was one of the recipients from the last three months’ cheques written, all of which totaled $44,500. Others included Onslow Rocks, the Colchester-East Hants Health Centre’s golf tournament, and the Colchester Food Bank’s gala.
“Hubtown Boxing promotes health, fitness and sport,” said Randy Jollie, a small business advisor with Scotiabank on Inglis Place. “I belonged to a club when I was a kid and it got me off the streets.”
Jollie and the branch’s other members volunteer hours each month at various events, often matching what was raised.
“I know when I do events myself, there are days when I’ve had a hard day. Sometimes when I left work, I probably didn’t feel like going, but after about 10 minutes and seeing the response from the people, it’s worth it,” said Jollie.
“It’s very, very rewarding,” added branch manager Craig MacLaine. “For each one of those charities, volunteers work hard for their causes. It’s nice we can support them for all their efforts.”
Giving back to the community they live in is first and foremost for the Scotiabank team.
“We find a lot of not-for-profits and charities are very deserving or needing of money,” said Jollie. “Look at the historical society. They were close to being shut down (due to a series of issues). There are a lot of charities that are in need of recognition and funding.”
Since the former Princess Margaret Rose School on Willow Street was torn down last year, the boxing club has been operating out of a facility in North River. The current owners, said Mosher, aren’t interested in installing a heating system. Ideally, Mosher said they’d like to re-locate the club back to Truro, however they’re finding difficulties in securing a space.
“We’ve looked at about 40 properties, but they all want city money,” he said.
The club has about 15 regular members, male and female, ranging from age 10 to about 35 years old. Some are there for the fitness aspect, while some want to, and do, compete. The perfect space would be about 3,000 square feet of open space with 10-foot ceilings, minimum.
For those interested about Hubtown Boxing, find them on Facebook or call Darrin Mosher at 902-956-0063. Anyone wishing to try the sport can do so for a week at no cost. The club is also hosting a boxing card in Truro in October.