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Giving Asthma The Knockout Blow

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May 2014


Giving Asthma The Knockout Blow

On June 4th, Auckland will host the world’s biggest boxing tournament. Super 8 will bring together eight international heavyweight boxing champions, who will fight it out in the ring at this unique event.

Sky Arena will be producing the Super 8 event, and they have generously pledged proceeds from an online appeal and auction to Asthma New Zealand. CEO Linda Thompson is delighted that Asthma New Zealand will be the recipient charity. “Funds from Super8 will allow Asthma New Zealand to implement future plans and projects that will greatly benefit people with asthma and their families,” she says.

Super 8 promises a knockout night. It will be an evening of excitement, with top Kiwi entertainment, explosive quick-fire rounds – and of course, thrilling knockouts. It promises to be the biggest New Zealand boxing event since the Tua vs. Cameron “Fight of the Century” in 2009.

“Super8 is currently tracking as the biggest pay-per-view event since the Tua vs. Cameron fight,” says Sky Arena CEO John McRae. “It will use new and innovative products, and we’re really happy to have attracted international attention from big names in heavyweight boxing.”

For further fundraising, there will be an option to text pledge a donation to Asthma New Zealand on the night. Viewers simply need to txt ASTHMA to 5338 to donate $3 while enjoying the evening.

Supporting Asthma New Zealand and Super8 is an online auction of money-can’t-buy experiences, including a trip to Las Vegas to watch world-class boxer Manny Pacquiao compete. TradeMe is hosting the auction, which is open now and will run during the boxing match. Items can be viewed at www.trademe.co.nz/stores/asthma_nz

Bidding will be available worldwide to anyone with a TradeMe account, and the MC will encourage bidding throughout the evening.

Charity auction producer Cathy Taylor has collated an exciting range of auction items. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she says. “It’s not often that there will be so many big names all together at once.”

Tickets for the Super 8 boxing tournament can be purchased at www.supereight.co.nz. Asthma New Zealand is also giving away four general admission tickets. Check out www.facebook.com/AsthmaNZ for more information.


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