Rugby match for charity
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 givealittle.co.nz//cause/ kitesurferkris to donate to Blenkiron online.