BOXERS are often described as tough.
Daniel Geale battles and beats the best boxers in the world, but he knows children living with diseases like cystic fibrosis (CF) are the ones worthy of the "tough" title.
Geale will be a special guest at the launch of the DA Global CF Swim Macarthur 2014 at Camden Valley Inn on February 6.
He attended the launch last year, just days after beating Anthony Mundine to defend his world title.
"This year it's a few days before my fight [against Garth Wood on February 19] but last year was a great event and I want to be a part of it," Geale said.
"I've worked myself into a position where I get the chance to help people and when I get the opportunity to help kids in the area, I want to."
He said he didn't know too much about the genetic disease before last year's event, but now has a better understanding of what sufferers go through.
"The awareness of something like cystic fibrosis is so important," he said.
"This fund-raiser gets it out there.
"Some charities get more media than others, so anyone that can help these guys, I really encourage them to."
Ingleburn's Tracey Bradney has three children with cystic fibrosis — sons Mitchell, 17, and Jordan, 14, and daughter Ashleigh, 8.
They met Geale on Monday and Mrs Bradney said having people like him raise awareness of the disease was very special.
"Cystic fibrosis is very under-publicised but it's one of the most life-threatening genetic diseases for kids," Mrs Bradney said.
"It's a great event and it's getting more and more popular and having Daniel involved is great."
Some of the items up for auction at the launch include a holiday to the Gold Coast, sporting event tickets, signed sport jerseys and much more.