Sydney trip for staunch fan
The money Harry Newbury and his wife Pam have been saving to get themselves to Australia is now their spending money.
Harry, 70, won flights for two to Sydney courtesy of Air New Zealand and match-day tickets to see the Vodafone Warriors play the Bulldogs next month at the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust’s Rooster Roast on Sunday.
The event, a fundraiser for Kidz First at Middlemore and Allergy New Zealand, saw the Vodafone Warriors game against the Sydney City Roosters played live on the big screens at the Ellerslie Event Centre.
Harry and Pam have been saving up for a trip across the ditch to attend a nephew’s 21st but now they plan to combine a family party with their trip.
A Warriors season-ticket holder since day one, Harry says the Rooster Roast was an excellent day out – “10-and-ahalf out of 10, but I would say that wouldn’t I?”
The Mt Eden resident used to attend games with two friends, both of whom have since died.
“I’m the last man standing but it has meant that I go with family members and it is great to see the love of the team being passed down.”
And Harry says he knows a bit about luck.
“I had a brush with cancer 13 years ago and they gave me two years to live but the treatments went well and here I am,” he says.
“When you get news like that you tend to learn to value life.”
Mad Butcher Peter Leitch says he was delighted the prize went to a worthy winner.
“We were a bit worried about the numbers but by the time the main game kicked off there was a really good crowd in,” he says.
Happy Harry: Mad Butcher Peter Leitch hands over the voucher for flights for two to Sydney and tickets to the Vodafone Warriors game against the Bulldogs to Rooster Roast prize draw winner Harry Newbury.