The British wrestling community will come together tonight (Friday, January 17th) as they show their support for the Macquarie Koala Hospital in Australia.
As we are already aware of, fires have ripped their way through the Australian bush. While there has been a downpour of rain over the past few days, other areas have seen the fires continue to get worse. As a result, the homes of both humans and animals have been destroyed, leaving them nowhere else to go. Sadly, approximately one billion animals have been killed in this tragedy, leaving the British wrestling community to come together in full support.
Headed up by Leeds wrestler Tel Banham, the show, titled Koala Slam takes place tonight in Leeds to raise money for the Macquarie Koala Hospital. The hospital has played a crucial role in assisting the koalas who have been affected during these events. As well as all ticket sales going directly to the hospital, the group involved in the show have created a JustGiving page to allow those unable to attend the show to show their support by making a donation, with the amount donated currently sitting at £474 of their £550 target at the time of writing.
Tel Banham had the following to say on the matter;
“About 12 days ago, a group of us decided to go ahead and set up a wrestling show within this short space of time. The wrestling community came together, be it talent, announcers, ring crew the lot and we’ve got cars coming from London, Scotland, Liverpool, Manchester – everywhere. It is incredible what the British wrestling community can do when it comes together, magic really does happen. That includes fans, backstage personnel and talent alike, we hope to see as many people as possible at the event to support this amazing cause and we’re so grateful for all the support we have received.”
The likes of 2019 PROGRESS Wrestling Super Strong Style 16 winner David Starr, former Tidal Championship Wrestling Champion Joe Nelson, and All Star Wrestling (ASW) stalwart Dean Allmark will all be taking part in the event, with all proceeds and donations being used to assist in the transportation of water vans, for 100 water stations to be placed around the area, and for the general care of koalas who have suffered from the horrendous events. Tonight’s event at UK Wrestling (22 Branch Road in Leeds) gets underway at 7pm GMT with a 6:30pm pre-show.
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