Pitching in for kids
Former New Zealand Warriors halfback Stacey Jones is out to make a difference.
The Westmere resident has taken on the role of ambassador for Camp Quality in time for their awareness week which started on Monday.
Jones says he was happy to take on the position after finding out about the work the organisation does with children who have cancer.
“It’s about the whole family. Parents get a bit of time off for themselves and know their kids are being looked after at camp.
“It’s good for the kids because they get to spend a bit of time with kids in a similar situation.”
Jones says all the children he has met through Camp Quality during his short time in the role have been inspiring.
“The ones I’ve talked to so far were full of energy and keen to have a go with the football. They all said they can’t wait for the next camp.”
“If I can put a smile on a kid’s face that’s great.”
Camp Quality chairman Jim Grierson says it is excellent to have a person like Jones on board.
“He’s a great family man himself and I’m sure he will have a very positive effect on what the organisation does.”
More than 220 children and volunteers attend the camps, with events such as helicopter rides and trips to Rainbow’s End.
For more information about Camp Quality visit www.campquality nz.org.nz.
All wrapped up: Former Warriors halfback Stacey Jones is caught in a tackle with Camp Quality youngsters, from bottom left: Cade Lucinsky, 7, Nathan Allen, 10, and Benjamin Pak, 13.