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Boxer keen to KO world record for headspace Newcastle

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Port Stephens boxing legend Kurt Aldridge is hoping to KO a couple of personal objectives this week.

The 28-year-old father-of-two will attempt to break a world record at Next Level Boxing in Salamander Bay on Thursday 2 March – which coincides with national Be Kind Day – while amassing funds for headspace Newcastle.

Aldridge plans to box 127 continuous three-minute rounds, with a 60-second rest in between each one, from 9.15am until 6.30pm.

The challenge will also allow the pugilist to raise money and awareness for the local charity, which provides counselling and support to young people aged 12 to 25.

His target is $10,000… to allow the organisation to deliver youth mental health programs to schools in the region.

Port Stephens boxing legend Kurt Aldridge.

“I’m more than willing to put my body through some physical suffering so other people don’t have to mentally suffer,” Aldridge said.

“At the same time, we can teach our youth, parents and educators some valuable lessons.”

The Anna Bay resident’s sporting journey started at a young age when he competed at national level for athletics and boxing.

After school, he went on to build himself a professional football career, as well as studying a Bachelor of Physical Education & Health Science.

Currently, he is a strength and conditioning coach, and trainer, with a passion for endurance events.

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

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

He’s no stranger to fundraising for mental health either.

In the past, he has raised thousands of dollars via the World’s Toughest Workout, the Head Above Water 24 Hour Swimathon and, more recently, a 100km run in 24 hours.

The team at headspace Newcastle is extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by Aldridge, too.

“Our centre provides a safe space for young people to go where they can talk openly about any challenges they may be facing,” 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.”

To make a donation, go to www.mycause.com.au/page/303401/kurt-boxes-for-headspace-newcastle

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