Pitch­ing in for kids

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Morgan

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.

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