The Dungloe Boxing Club, in association with the Rosses Community School have shared details of a ‘Night of Support’ for their dear friend Jim McCole this Friday.
The fundraising event takes place Friday the 20th May at 8pm in the Rosses Community School.
Jim has been described as a vital piece of the Dungloe boxing team as well as being a top coach, powerful motivator, positive role model for the youth of the area for over 20 years.
Unfortunately, a freak accident in August 2019 forever changed Jim’s life and he sustained lifelong and life-limiting spinal injuries.
Jim’s sheer determination, discipline and hard work over the last few years has meant that his feet are firmly placed on the road to recovery
As expected, these life-changing injuries, and their associated implications, are going to impact him for the rest
of his life. True to his nature, Jim has never counted the days since the accident, but rather
focused on making each day count.
This ‘Night of Support’ is to let Jim and his family know the community is thinking of them and to thank them for their dedication, commitment and support over the years.
The funds raised will help cover medical expenses and treatments, retrofit part of the family home and/or for the purchase
of a specialised vehicle that Jim could independently use to transport himself to his various appointments.
A spokesperson for the club, David Tennyson, said: “This fundraiser creates a lot of emotion and it is hard for our club to describe that emotion right now. I think it speaks a lot about Jim and what type of a person he is, how well respected and loved he is, and how big a part of our community that he is.
“I think it is fair to say that Jim has taught everyone that if there’s magic in boxing, it’s the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance. This night is not just about supporting Jim, Mary and their three children; it is about making a difference.
“Great opportunities to help others rarely come, but small ones surround us happen every day and have the ability to transform dark moments.”
To further fundraise, the team have set up a GoFundMe campaign page which has outreached its target of €500, raising over €5,000 to date.