Tallaght man Mark Dempsey has been raising money for charity for a number of years now and believes that giving back is the way forward.
The dad-of-two works in South Dublin County Council and has raised thousands of Euro for many different charities over the last few years.
Amongst his fundraising exploits are charity runs, football tournaments, bag packing, marathons, quizzes and white collar boxing events, to name but a few.
Mark has raised money for Aware, Console, Cystic Fibrosis, Jigsaw as well as local charities and now he is turning his attention to the Fight 4 Lil Jake’s Sake.
Jake Smith is a two-year-old boy who is battling Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), a brain tumour that is very rare in children; and can be fatal in adults.
His parents are raising money to help treat the condition and Tallaght man Mark, along with the 19 other boxing volunteers, is determined to help the cause.
The group is hoping to raise a total of €5,000 with the white collar boxing event which has been organised by Richard Griffin and Joey Howe.
Mark said: “Richard is a friend of mine and he was looking for fighters for the event so I said I’d do it. I took part in a similar fundraiser in the Red Cow two years ago and anything that’s happening for a charity I usually put my name down for.”
“With having my own two boys I always think if anything happened to them I’d hope that people would help and what is a couple of hours of your time to help out a charity, or someone who needs it.”
The Tallaght man has been training hard for the fight which will take place at Finnstown Castle Hotel in association with Westside Boxing Club on April 15th.
However, it has not all been plain sailing as Mark explained: “The training is horrendous, I don’t know how anyone does it. I don’t mind the fitness but I hate the sparring – no-one likes to get hit!”
All money raised by the event will be donated to 4 Lil Jake’s Sake to help with treatment for the youngster who has already had four surgeries, chemotherapy and many blood transfusions to fight the disease.
Due to the aggressive nature of the tumour once his treatment is complete he will continue to have scans every four to six months because of the high relapse rate.
Tickets for the White Collar Boxing event in Finnstown Castle Hotel are available now from Mark and all donations are welcome.
Find out more about Lil Jake on the Facebook fundraising page here.