League lunch supports Special Olympics athletes
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.