Kurt Aldridge boxes for Headspace Newcastle on Be Kind Day 2023

Kurt Aldridge boxes for Headspace Newcastle on Be Kind Day 2023

Port Stephens boxing legend, Kurt Aldridge is attempting to break a boxing world record to raise funds for Headspace Newcastle.

Kurt is no stranger to fundraising for mental health, having completed several events over the years in which he raised thousands of dollars in much needed funds, including the World’s Toughest Workout, the Head Above Water 24 Hour Swimathon, and more recently a 100-kilometre run in 24 hours.

On national Be Kind Day, Kurt will attempt to break the current record of 127 continuous boxing rounds to raise money and awareness for headspace Newcastle, which provides counselling and support to young people aged 12 – 25 years.

Kurt’s target is $10,000, which will be used by the organisation to deliver youth mental health programs to schools in the Port Stephens area.

“Boxing was an integral part of my adolescence, particularly when I was dealing with bullying and lacking confidence,” Kurt said.

“It created a pathway of feeling accomplished and success, along with building confidence and asserting passion that I really needed during those formative years.”

The team at Headspace Newcastle explain that they are extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by Kurt.

“Our Centre provides a safe space for young people to go where they can talk openly about any challenges they may be facing” Headspace Newcastle Service Manager, Sophie Langford said.

“Reaching out for mental health support takes a lot of courage, so the funds raised by Kurt will assist us to connect with schools across Port Stephens and provide students with the tools they need to manage their mental health and educate them on to seek help when they need it.”

Each round is set for a total of 3 minutes with a 1-minute rest for Kurt in between.

“I’m more than willing again to put my body through some physical suffering so other people don’t have to mentally suffer, and we can teach our youth, parents and educators some valuable lessons,” Kurt said.

Hunter Primary Care

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