Rugby match for char­ity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS/OPINION -

The par­lia­men­tary rugby team will front up to Onepoto Park next week as part of a fundraiser for a badly in­jured Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent.

In Fe­bru­ary, Kris Blenk­iron col­lided with a boat at Ti­tahi Bay beach while kite surf­ing.

His se­ri­ously in­jured legs were re-at­tached by surgeons, but he faces many months of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­cov­ery.

Peter Jones, from Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life­sav­ing Club, said a group of ded­i­cated Bay people had or­gan­ised a fundraiser for Blenk­iron and his young fam­ily.

Be­cause he wasn’t work­ing at the time of the ac­ci­dent, Blenk­iron has been deemed un­able to get as­sis­tance from Work & In­come or ACC.

The par­lia­men­tary rugby team will play a team made up of surf club mem­bers at the park on June 14 at 2.30pm.

There will be an af­ter-match func­tion and an auc­tion, the lat­ter be­ing helped out by Mana MP Kris Faafoi.

Jones said they wanted the match to be a com­mu­nity event for the Bay.

‘‘We just wanted to do some­thing. He [Blenk­iron] is a mem­ber of this com­mu­nity and a top bloke who’s suf­fer­ing pretty badly,’’ he said.

‘‘The whole sit­u­a­tion is hard on his fam­ily.’’

Tick­ets for the af­ter- match func­tion are avail­able by email­ing nip­pers@ titahibayslsc. org. nz. Con­tact Kris Faafoi on 021 648 859 if you have items that can be auc­tioned.

Go to givealit­ kitesurfer­kris to do­nate to Blenk­iron on­line.

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