Rugby Legends fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation
Rugby legends and the local business community came together at Te Papa in Wellington on Friday 30 June for the annual Champions Lunch Auction, raising a record $240,000 for Child Cancer Foundation.
Attendees were treated to a chat show featuring Ian Kirkpatrick, Sir Brian Lochore, Andy Haden, Frank Bunce, Kees Meeuws, Chris Jack, Sean Fitzpatrick, Buck Shelford and Joe Stanley, who shared changing room and off field stories. An energetic auction followed with competitive bidding for a fishing trip with the legendry Matt Watson; who also joined the chat show; and helicopter ride with Richie McCaw – two of the top sellers on the day.
Now in its 20th year, money raised from Champion’s Lunch will go towards Child Cancer Foundation support services that help children with cancer and their families when they need it most.
Michelle Berriman, Child Cancer Foundation Business Development Manager for Wellington, said Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct government funding, so events like Champion’s Lunch make a huge difference and they were blown away by the fundraising total.
“We have such a strong community in Wellington and are so grateful for their generosity, but also to the Rugby legends who give their time to support this event year after year,” said Michelle. “Thanks to them we can make sure Wellington families on the cancer journey and going through a challenging time have the support they need to come back and fight another day.”