Global healthcare company Randox Laboratories has announced Glenavy-based Townland Boxing Club, located near its headquarters in Crumlin, as one of its official charity partners for 2019/2020.
Randox staff in the UK and Ireland will be fundraising for the club through a range of events and initiatives throughout the year, including individual staff fundraising activities and the company’s popular Christmas Raffle for staff in December.
The company will also partner with the Tim Cogley Cardiac Screening Foundation in Liverpool, near its Randox Health Liverpool clinic.
Randox Founder and Managing Director, Dr. Peter FitzGerald, said: “We are delighted to partner with the Tim Cogley Cardiac Screening Foundation in Liverpool and Townland Boxing Club in Glenavy.
“Both are very worthy causes close to the hearts of those living near two of our health check clinics – Randox Health Liverpool in Exchange Station and Randox Health Crumlin in Northern Ireland.
“Our partnerships with each of these charities focus on the health and wellbeing, in particular, of young people. You are never too young to start caring about your health and thinking of your future wellbeing.
“Indeed, our research and development teams have found that signs of ill-health often appear in the body at an early age but symptoms may not appear until later in life.
“It is paramount that the health of young people is prioritised at the earliest stage and when preventable illnesses and conditions can be stopped in their tracks or more effectively managed.”
Thomas Quinn, head coach at Townland Boxing Club, said: “Randox is a key employer in the area with tremendous influence and we look forward to partnering with them as we continue to bring boxing facilities and training to young people in the wider Glenavy area.
“From the admin staff to coaches, everyone here works on a voluntary basis and we rely on the generosity of others, such as Randox, to keep our services continuing for generations to come.”
Townland Boxing Club was founded in 2008 by a group of dedicated people interested in the sport of boxing and improving youth facilities in the area.
The amateur cross-community boxing club, which is a completely voluntary organisation, was opened with a purpose to give young people in the area a place to meet, form friendships and learn the discipline, respect and skill required to become an amateur boxer.
Dr. FitzGerald added: “Randox’s global headquarters has been based in Crumlin since the company was founded in 1982. We are proud to hold longstanding relationships with the local community here and our new staff charity partnership with Townland Boxing Club in Glenavy signals our continued commitment to the wellbeing of Crumlin and the surrounding area.”