Fritz’s jumper finds a stable
Matamata horse trainer Paul Pertrab placed the winning bid on a special edition Chiefs’ jersey.
Worn by Fritz Lee in a Chiefs’ match against the Blues, the jersey was sold in a silent auction organised by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ).
Bidding was open at BNZ stores in Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Aroha and Huntly, with all proceeds going towards the winner’s local Plunket branch.
Mr Pertrab said he placed his bid before the Super Rugby final and was surprised that he had won.
His 11-year-old son Kurtis was a huge Chiefs’ fan and the money was going towards a good cause, he said.
Matamata Plunket would receive the $400 bid and president Janelle Burnside said it was huge for the organisation.
“We are a not-for-profit organisation and we rely on community support,” she said.
“It’s a huge help and we so appreciate it.”
The money would go towards repairing the leaky roof at Plunket’s premises, she said.
Supporter: Paul Pertrab, centre, placed the winning bid on this special edition Chiefs jersey. Pictured with BNZ agri-business partner Keith Lunn, BNZ store manager Kylee Anderson and Matamata Plunket president Janelle Burnside.