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HEADS TOGETHER: DJ AJ King & Mark Findlay, in training.

KISS FM DJ AJ King and former Great Britain 100m sprinter Mark Findlay will partake in a charity boxing next year in order to raise money for a unique charity known as ORIGIN.

On March 15, TeamORIGIN will be stepping in the boxing ring at the famous Troxy venue in London’s east end in front of 2,000 supporters. TeamORIGIN, which consists of seven boxing novices, have kicked off their training camp and fundraising drive.

Three members of the team are volunteer facilitators on the charitable programme, while the remaining four are long-time supporters of the initiative. Since 1999 ORIGIN has been supporting families to raise sons via its rites of passage programme that focuses on nurturing the potential, talents and strengths of young men of African descent aged 13-15.

The programme is exclusively run by black male volunteers, each cohort lasts one year and includes awareness-raising workshops, adrenaline-pump- ing adventures and tests of character. With raised awareness, new skills and having learned a lot about self, the group of young boys remain involved as members of ‘the Village’ to realise their dreams.

Commenting on the upcoming challenge, sprinter turned personal trainer Findlay said: “I can’t quite believe that it’s go- ing to happen. I’m starting from square one and learning the boxing basics.

“It’s going to be a real challenge but I am doing it for a very important cause and look forward to raising funds for ORIGIN."

Sponsorship donations to TeamORIGIN can be made via a GoFundMe page. All donations raised from the fight night in March will go towards funding ORIGIN’s residential trips for the young boys on this year’s programme.

ORIGIN is a New Initiatives (NI) rites of passage pro- gramme. NI is a registered charity based in Lambeth, south London. The organisation’s history can be traced back to 1988 and in 2000 they embraced the term ‘African-centred rites of passage' to best describe their work.

The varying facets of work include ORIGIN for young men and AKUAH for young women. The programmes enable young people to journey together from childhood to adulthood.

For further information, get in touch with Team ORIGIN by calling 020 7127 6803 or check out ritesof or originhq.

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