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Justine Valender has been training to fight the good fight in the name of awareness and charity.

Fighting the good fight

Melissa Sheil

KALAMUNDA Property Manager Justine Valender is tackling domestic violence hands on and with her best foot forward.

In organising an amateur kickboxing fight with 20 per cent of ticket proceeds donated to women’s domestic violence prevention charity White Ribbon, Ms Valender aims to raise both funds and awareness.

“I’ve had a few close friends who were directly affected by domestic violence and White Ribbon helped them immensely,” she said.

“When you’re exposed to something first-hand, it’s always much more resonating as a real and awful issue.

“Kickboxing has been an activity that’s empowered and strengthened me, both physically and mentally, so it fits well that this is the way I’m helping women who might need some empowerment too.”

The fight is Ms Valender’s first and her preparation with trainers Rongrot “Q” Ponoei, Brian Lewis, Jon Mccutcheon and Murray McKechnie has stretched into a day and night endeavour.

Kickboxing is generally regarded as one of the more impressive martial arts and self-defence sports, requiring intense stamina, discipline and strength to master.

The event is set to take place against a fellow amateur kickboxer at Ray Owen Sport Centre on November 14.

Businesses are invited to sponsor the event, in turn receiving a ringside corporate table and opportunity to make a difference within the Kalamunda community.

According to the 2016 Personal Safety Survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, an estimated one in six women suffer some form of abuse.

As a local and someone who considers herself active in the community, Ms Valender encourages others to help along her fighting mission.

“We need to talk about it, create awareness and fight to eradicate domestic violence and support these vulnerable women,” she said.

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