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Pandemic recovery: Help Top Glove score a knockout with this fundraiser

Non-profit boxing gym struggling after months of closure due to COVID-19

It’s no secret businesses and organizations are struggling to recover from the closures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Top Glove Boxing Academy is one of those gyms that has finally been able to reopen. But being forced to close for five months has left the non-profit gym struggling.

“At Top Glove, it is a struggle,” Top Glove owner and respected boxing training Gord Apolloni said this week. “We are membership driven. Being closed for five months has put a damper on operations.

“We are presently open, but with strict protocols for everyone's safety. Upon closing our membership stood at approximately 70 — today it is 17.”

To help it weather the storm, Top Glove has kicked off an online 50/50 draw to raise much-needed funds.

It’s easy to take part. Visit Top Glove’s page on the You can find Top Glove’s lottery here.

This progressive 50/50 draw works like most other similar draws. The jackpot is split evenly between the winner and the host, in this case Top Glove. However, jackpots carry over week to week until the prize is won, so they just keep growing.

When you purchase a number in the draw, that number stays in the draw for a year. So, if you continue to pay into the draw every week, your chances of winning just keep on going.

The next draw is Aug. 23.

Top Glove opened in 1990 to promote health, fitness and to encourage the growth of amateur Olympic-style boxing in Greater Sudbury. Staffed by NCCP registered and certified volunteer coaches, at Top Glove you can train for the good of your health, or you can train to compete in the ring. Top Glove has programming for youth and adults.