League lunch sup­ports Spe­cial Olympics ath­letes

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JENNY LING

Spe­cial Olympics branches have re­ceived a cash in­jec­tion to help fund pro­grammes across Auck­land.

The money was raised through a lun­cheon hosted by Sir Peter Leitch and the Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust in June. Kiwi league greats Kurt and Dane Sorensen and Gary Free­man came from Aus­tralia for the func­tion.

The to­tal of $19,000 in­cluded $9000 for Spe­cial Olympics Manukau, plus $1000 each for 10 other branches in Auck­land.

John Borkin, chair­man of the Up­per North Is­land Re­gional Spe­cial Olympics Coun­cil and Ta­maki branch, says the do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated.

‘‘It’s won­der­ful the

fact that we can now en­hance our pro­grammes. The ath­letes in the Spe­cial Olympics aren’t al­ways en­abled to do the nec­es­sary fundrais­ing them­selves so we cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate when or­gan­i­sa­tions as­sist us.’’

Fair­fax north­ern re­gion man­ager David Penny thanks ev­ery­one who at­tended the lun­cheon for help­ing the cause.

‘‘We’re re­ally happy to do­nate for such a wor­thy cause. It continues the work of the trust sup­port­ing com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives.’’

Manukau branch chief fundraiser Shane Thorn says the cash will help get an ath­lete to the 2015 sum­mer games in Los Angeles.

‘‘It costs about $12,000 to get one ath­lete there. From Manukau we have two hope­fuls, one for eques­trian and one for bas­ket­ball.’’

Hearty thanks: Mem­bers of Spe­cial Olympics branches re­ceive do­na­tions from the Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust. Chair­man of the Up­per North Is­land Re­gional Spe­cial Olympics Coun­cil John Borkin, cen­tre front, with Fair­fax north­ern re­gion man­ager David Penny.

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