The 2018 Fight for Charity will be held at the RBC Convention Centre on the 28th of April and will feature:
- 10 novice boxing matches
- Casino gaming
- Silent auction
We are proud to announce that the 2018 Fight for Charity event is in support of Pan Am Place.
Pan Am Place offers a transitional housing program for at-risk youth aged 18-29 who are experiencing, or at-risk of, homelessness. The program offers a supportive environment where youth learn about responsibility, community and discipline. Residents have more in common than just a troubled past, they share a desire to make lasting, positive change in their lives, and Pan Am Place helps them do it.
Many people living on the streets of Winnipeg first experienced homelessness as young adults. Some of them were raised around family conflict, in a group home environment, or in the foster care system. Others have spent time in jail, have suffered debilitating injuries, or struggle with mental health issues, but they all come from an unstable environment, and often haven’t been taught the social skills required for independent living. By helping, supporting, and providing housing to young people that need direction and assistance, we can break the cycle of homelessness before it takes hold of their lives.
Residents typically come from:
- Aging out of Child Family Services
- Federal, provincial or youth jail
- Homeless shelters
- Living on the street
- Escaping an unhealthy home
- Looking to move to the city from the reserve (often due to unhealthy home life)
Pan Am Place has 27 beds available and they provide full service to their residents (food, utilities etc.). The program requires that residents participate in workouts at the Pan Am Boxing Club and help out around the house by cleaning, cooking, and completing chores. The purpose of these requirements is to instill healthy habits which will aid the residents in living independently. For example, residents will learn how to eat a healthy balanced diet, learn how to cook, learn to live peacefully with others, and many other valuable life skills.
Residents are also required to identify personal goals with the aim of becoming independent. Pan Am Place staff encourage residents to go to school, find work, attend employment programming and seek counseling.
Our fundraising goal for the 2018 event is $40,000. Please help us get there by donating anything you can to this worthy cause and sharing this page. Every dollar counts!!