A Derry woman set to travel to Peru to work with disabled children is getting ready to step into the boxing ring as part of her final fundraising push.
Gemma Wallace travels to the South American country next month where she will work with kids in the Sacred Valley area - one of Peru’s most rural regions - in a trip organised by Projects Abroad.
But this Saturday night Gemma, who has worked at Belmont House and Destined in the city, will step into the ring in the only female bout on the ten fight white collar boxing card at St Columb’s Hall.
“There will be ten fights on the night and I’ll be boxing in the only all female fight,” Gemma told the ‘Journal’.
“It’ll be a great night’s craic and will help with the final expenses for my trip.”
Among those final expenses are the purchase of teaching materials, clothes and toys for the children Gemma will work with during her self financed trip.
Michael Doherty will MC Saturday night’s action as fighters including Damien ‘The Omen’ Traynor, Tommy ‘The Tank’ McCaughy and Jason ‘The Jack Hammer’ Sheerin trade blows for the cause.
Trained by the Oakleaf Boxing Club, Gemma - billed as ‘Braveheart’ Wallace- will go toe to toe with Tanya “Droopy Drawers” Mooney on the night.
The fight night, sponsored by a number of local businesses, gets underway at 8pm - the doors open at 7pm.
“I would like to thank everyone for all their support throughout these last few months of fundraising,” Gemma said.
Gemma hopes to train as a special needs teacher when she returns from her trip to South America.