Breda Cullen will swap the office for the ring when she takes part in a White Collar Boxing charity challenge next month.
The 26 year-old Human Resources Manager with Rutledge Recruitment and Training Ltd - the charity event’s sponsor - is taking on the challenge to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
Despite never having boxed before, the Inishowen woman is relishing the prospect of donning her new 16 ounce gloves for the pugilistic challenge.
The event, which is due to take place at the Kelly’s Complex in Portrush on March 25, may seem pretty daunting for those not accustomed to the sport but the Muff native is resolutely focused on her “intense” training regime which began four weeks ago.
“I decided to take part to raise money for worthwhile charity the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, to take on a new challenge and also raise my fitness levels,” she says.
“I have never boxed before in my life and although I’m well used to performing in front of large crowds when singing at weddings and other events, performing in this capacity in front of 700 people will be very nerve-wracking for me.”
But Breda hopes to stem any ‘jitters’ by enjoying “plenty of support” from her Rutledge colleagues, friends and family on the big night.
And she is appealing for the support of people in the North West to give whatever they can for the worthwhile charity. “To donate to the charity by sponsoring me please go to www.justgiving.com/Breda-Cullen. All donations will be very gratefully received. For now I’m just training hard and looking forward to March 25 - so bring on the big fight.”
Fellow contender, Rob Skelly of NI Live Vision - the company staging the event - says taking part will be “no walk in the park but it will be a great experience and all in aid of a very worthwhile cause”.
“The one pre-requisite is that all of those taking part are absolute novices in boxing so there are no favourites. There will be nine bouts on the night, four female and five male and it promises to be a very entertaining evening,” he said.