Norths players show off singing at rest home
Northern United premier rugby players are known for their pace, try-scoring and bruising tackles, but they showed a much softer side recently.
More than 20 members of the premier side travelled to Russell Kemp Home in Titahi Bay on April 17 to regale residents with songs and hand out chocolates.
Songs by Bob Marley, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder, along with a rousing version of Pokarekare Ana, had Kemp residents enthralled.
Premier coach Gerrard Fasavalu said connecting with the Porirua community was part of his philosophy since taking on his role.
‘‘We have to put our hand up, not just have our hand out,’’ he said.
‘‘There has been a neglecting of that community involvement the past few years and whether it’s helping out with our Norths juniors or spending time with our senior citizens, we have to count our blessings.
‘‘Going to Russell Kemp was good for the heart and the soul, because I want the players to see how fortunate they are and should take nothing for granted in this life.’’
Fasavalu said he wasn’t seeking publicity, but it was important for the club to be more visible in Porirua. Other initiatives in the near future would include a coastal clean-up.