A boxing enthusiast, Fr Marshall was more than happy to attend a training session and accept a cheque on behalf of the universal Church for more than $4000 to go towards a Catholic Mission project in Cambodia.
He also took the opportunity to do some sparring with Deacon Anthony Hill, the Diocesan director of Catholic Mission and founder/head coach of the 12 Star Boxing Club.
It was all for a good cause – promoting Catholic Mission Month which is held each year in October to raise awareness and funds for those in need throughout the world.
The young boxers had a head start in their fundraising this year and were pleased to present to Fr Marshall a cheque to establish a sports program for disabled Cambodian children, most of whom have lost limbs due to land mine explosions.
“We wanted these children to derive the joy, delight and freedom from engaging in sports,” said Deacon Hill.
The club has had a close connection to the Catholic Church and its social justice teachings since it was established by Deacon Hill, a former Australian heavy weight champion, in 2007. The training sessions are held in the gymnasium at St Joseph’s School Payneham and there is a strong focus on empowering people with mental health illness and disabilities, providing encouragement and assistance to members who have sought to overcome addictions or personal challenges and helping others to find employment.
“We can proudly say no-one is turned away from training at our club due to lack of finances,” Deacon Hill added.
This month’s Catholic Mission appeal has a prayer and financial focus on providing clean water through a community building project run by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Vietnam.
For more information, or to donate, visit www.catholicmission.org.au/wmm.