CATHERINE Phiri's World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) bantamweight defence title fight against Filipino, Leslie Domingo, got a major boost yesterday when Shaka's Grill and Brand Power (BP) Business Solutions donated KR55,000 (K55 million).
Shaka's Grill donated KR30,000 (K30 million) with BP Business Solutions contributing KR25,000 (K25 million) towards the KR405,000 (K405 million) Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) budget whose deficit now stands at KR130,000 (K130 million).
Shaka's Grill restaurant general manager Kagiso Mashiane said the company felt duty-bound as a local company to plough back into the community by donating KR30,000 which would be in form of meals.
Mashiane said the restaurant would, from yesterday, be providing meals starting from breakfast to supper for Catherine until the day of the bout set for the Government Complex in Lusaka on March 23.
And BP Business Solutions senior marketing manager Grace Kunsanama said the company would dress Catherine and the officials during the competition.
She said the company wants to help the young boxer realise her dream and also encourage her to continue working hard in her boxing career.
Meanwhile, OQBP director Chris Malunga expressed gratitude to Shaka's Grill and BP Business Solutions for coming on board, saying the boxer needed a well-balanced diet ahead of the bout and also needed to look good.
Malunga said with the coming on board of Shaka's Grill and BP Business Solutions, the promoter had raised KR275,000 and had a balance of KR130,000 to meet the total budget.