UFC Fighter Cathal Pendred is fronting SAFE Irelandâ€™s MAN UP Campaign this year with a call out to all men to use their common power to stand up against domestic violence. â€śI know it might surprise some people that a UFC Mixed Martial Arts Fighter is involved in a campaign against domestic violence,â€ť he says, â€śAnd yes, Iâ€™m a fighter. Itâ€™s my job. Itâ€™s my passion. But one of my golden rules is to always keep my aggression in the ringâ€ť.
Man Up is about the positive & powerful role that men can play in ending domestic violence, in challenging abuse and supporting women & children. Men have a critical responsibility to be positive role models for children & young boys. This influencing role of men is an important theme in this year's MAN UP Campaign.
Here in Galway, COPE Galwayâ€™s Waterside House met with local athletes from Galway Boxing Club and Galway Kickboxing Club and received amazing support from the lads as you can see from the photos!