Lomu, Farm­ers and en­ter­tain­ers back Kid­ney Kids fundraiser

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Jonah Lomu is pre­par­ing to hit the St Lukes shop­ping mall this week­end to help raise money for kids with kid­ney dis­ease.

Lomu, who re­ceived a kid­ney trans­plant in 2004, is the pa­tron of Kid­ney Kids and will be at the mall on Sun­day to sup­port the SouNZ Like Kid­ney Kids Trib­ute Show.

While pro­fes­sional im­per­son­ators will trans­form them­selves into well-known celebri­ties like Kylie Minogue and the Topp Twins to per­form a num­ber of their hits, and vol­un­teers col­lect gold­coin do­na­tions, Lomu will be on hand to sign au­to­graphs and greet the pub­lic.

The trib­ute show is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Farm­ers St Lukes, West­field and Kid­ney Kids.

Kid­ney Kids chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Nor­folk says all the money raised will go to­wards fi­nanc­ing sev­eral camps for chil­dren with kid­ney dis­ease.

The camps, held in places like Queen­stown, Ro­torua and the Gold Coast, have spe­cial­ist med­i­cal staff on hand to mon­i­tor and care for the chil­dren in case they be­come ill.

“Th­ese kids just can’t get to or­di­nary camps.”

Farm­ers St Lukes man­ager Josie Jonkers says it wasn’t a hard de­ci­sion to sup­port Kid­ney Kids.

“Paul did a pre­sen­ta­tion to all our staff and they just loved it af­ter they fin­ished cry­ing.”

Each of Farm­ers’ 58 stores has cho­sen a char­ity to sup­port for the com­pany’s 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

So far about $54,000 has been raised in other events in­clud­ing a fash­ion show and sell­ing green toy aliens. Farm­ers will do­nate a fur­ther $30,000 on top of the money raised at its St Lukes store.

Per­former Karen Davy, who will take to the stage as Dolly Par­ton and Ste­vie Nicks from Fleet­wood Mac, says it’s a priv­i­lege to help such a wor­thy char­ity.

“When they asked me, I thought I’ve got to get in­volved. It’s such a great cause.”

Two one-hour per­for­mances will take place at 11am and 2pm on Sun­day.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Good cause: Kid­ney Kids sup­port­ers from left: Per­former Karen Davy, West­field St Lukes mar­ket­ing man­ager Jac­qui Baigent, Farm­ers man­ager Josie Jonkers, Kid­ney Kids chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Nor­folk and per­former Glo­ria Jean are all play­ing their part in Sun­day’s fundraiser at West­field St Lukes mall.

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