Project launched to knock out GBV

21 Jun 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) – Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Thursday launched a boxing fundraising event that will see Namibian celebrities battle it out over a minute in a three-round exhibition bout.
Known as the ‘MTC Knockout Project’, the initiative brings together Namibian personalities from the corporate, social and media fraternity to fight for social change.
Speaking at the launch here, MTC Chief of Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Tim Ekandjo said gender-based violence (GBV) is a huge problem in Namibia, therefore the time has come to stop talking about it and act.
“This is not just a boxing fight, but a fight for social change against the many social ills that take 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 said.
Prior to the event, the personalities will receive professional boxing training for a period of three months from real boxing trainers,” said Ekandjo.
The participants will be throwing punches over a total of 24 rounds on the night, and these punches will never land on helpless and vulnerable women and children, but rather on a punching bag, which is the message of the project, he explained.
“Instead of talking sense into the perpetrators, how about we try and just knock it out, and this is what this project is all about,” he noted.
The event is slated for 12 October 2019 at the Windhoek Country Club Resort. General tickets will sell for N.dollars 250 and VIP tables for N.dollars 10 000 with the proceeds going to charity.
Confirmed bouts for the evening will see KP Illest (rapper and NAMA award winning artist) vs Paul da Prince (TV and radio personality); Jossy Joss (radio station marketing manager) vs Amos Shiyuka (business personality) and D-Naff (NAMA award winning gospel artist) vs Luis Munana (model and TV personality).
Theo Ishuna (news anchor) will take on Marco Ndlovu (sports journalist) and DJ Cheeze (radio personality) will go up against Sunny Boy (musician).
Businessman Johnny Doeseb will compete against activist Job Amupanda while Mappz Kapofi (hip-hop artist) and Michael Vermeulen (music executive) will compete against opponents yet to be confirmed.