Norths play­ers show off singing at rest home

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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.

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