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Local bank makes donation to Fighting Island Boxing Club

Updated: Jan 9

A local bank has done its part to assist a local sports organization.

The RBC branch in Amherstburg stepped up to help the Fighting Island Boxing Club (FIBC) with a donation of $1,234.10. 

Lucas Anderson, a staff member at the RBC branch and a coach with FIBC, presented the cheque to FIBC owner/coach Joe LeBlanc and coach Robert Bondy.

The proceeds came from a fund at RBC, created when bank employees agreed to donate a portion of their paycheques. They decided to give back to the community and made the FIBC one of their recipients. 

Anderson said an $850 donation was also planned to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

LeBlanc said the FIBC was grateful to receive the funding. 

“Everything that comes into the gym stays with the kids,” said LeBlanc.

Donations like the one made by RBC go into equipment purchases for the gym, LeBlanc explained. Funding to travel to competitions and stay in hotels come from money raised through bingos, he added.

“We supply everything for all of the kids except their own mouthguards and hand wraps,” he said.

LeBlanc emphasized the club was pleased with the donation, stating they were “flabbergasted” when they found out.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s quite nice.”

By Ron Giofu

The Fighting Island Boxing Club is located within the Amherstburg Community Hub at 320 Richmond St. 

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