Lomu, Farmers and entertainers back Kidney Kids fundraiser
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.
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.