Peel Paramedic Fights for Education
For the last few months, when Peel Paramedic Nicole Tomasella was not caring for her patients at an emergency, she was in the ring training for a different kind of fight to make a life better.
On October 27, she will be boxing to raise money for the post-secondary education of the children of the 158 Canadian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan.
“The 12-hour shifts and the mental and physical energy it takes to be a paramedic can take a lot out of you, but whenever I thought about what these fallen soldiers have sacrificed and their children, it inspired me to give more,” says Peel Paramedic Nicole Tomasella. “This is a great way to give something back, have fun along the way and stay healthy.”
President of the Canadian Emergency Services Boxing Association and Peel Police Inspector Barry Dolan is the founder of the Ringside for Kids Rally and also Nicole’s coach. The fundraiser is in support of the Canada Company.
The boxing matches will have Canadian Police Officers (Metro Toronto, Peel, OPP) and Military Personnel battling a combined team consisting of boxers from the NYPD and the US Army. Nicole will face Trillium Health Centre nurse Edessa Zoleta.
“Nicole brings tremendous focus and medical skill to her patients at every emergency so it will be fun to see how that same kind of focus and dedication to skill works in the ring,” says Chief of Peel Regional Paramedic Services Peter Dundas. “No matter what happens, it’s a great cause so everybody wins.”
The event will take place at the Fort York Armoury at 660 Fleet St. W. in Toronto. It starts at 3 p.m. with a rally where you can meet true Canadian Heroes - Canadian Armed Forces and emergency services personnel and see military and police vehicles. Don Cherry as well as Wendel Clark, Troy Crowther and Eric Lindros will also be there. The boxing starts at 7 p.m. Parking and admission is free.
For more information visit ringsideforkids.com
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