Char­ity lunch hon­ours War­riors Vatu­vei and Ropati

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Tick­ets are sell­ing fast for a fundrais­ing salute to league stars Manu Vatu­vei and Jerome Ropati.

The lun­cheon is be­ing hosted by the Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust at the Eller­slie Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on July 25 and pro­ceeds will go to char­ity.

Master of Cer­e­monies and long-time trustee Sir Peter Leitch says it’s the first time the trust has put on a dou­ble tes­ti­mo­nial.

The star guests are the new­est mem­bers of the Voda­fone War­riors 10-sea­son club, he says.

Ropati, 28, made his de­but in 2003 and is one of only six play­ers to score 50 NRL tries for the club.

Vatu­vei made his de­but in 2004 and is the club’s try-scor­ing record holder.

‘‘We want peo­ple to come along and hon­our Manu and Jerome for ev­ery­thing they’ve done for the Voda­fone War­riors,’’ Sir Peter says. ‘‘It’s going to be a very spe­cial day.’’ Tick­ets to the event cost $100 each and cover a three course meal and en­ter­tain­ment by co­me­di­ans Ben Hur­ley and Dai Hen­wood.

Ta­bles of 10 are also be­ing sold and the day will in­clude a char­ity auc­tion so don’t miss out.

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