Kate Diprose bonds with Chiefs

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Strength comes in more ways than one which is what cancer bat­tler Kate Diprose showed Chiefs players dur­ing their visit to Waikato Hos­pi­tal.

As part of the cam­paign, the players se­lected a coloured pair of shoe laces, which were part of a pack they gifted to each child. The players wore one of the shoe laces on May 27 dur­ing their match against the Waratahs in Sydney, and the child kept the other lace. The idea was that the chil­dren had a con­nec­tion with the players they were cheer­ing on dur­ing the match.

Kate’s mum Jackie Diprose said Sam Cane gave his lace to Kate, while her sis­ter Jessie was given one by An­ton LienertBrown to show his sup­port for the fam­ily. ‘‘Kate’s wear­ing both laces proudly,’’ she said.

Jackie was very ap­pre­cia­tive of the ‘‘big hearted’’ Chiefs.

The visit was part of New Zealand Rugby’s di­ver­sity cam­paign. It pro­moted the idea that no mat­ter your back­ground or phys­i­cal at­tributes, you could be­come in­volved in the sport. The team mem­bers said the day was a great sym­bol that rugby was a game for ev­ery­one, whether you play, vol­un­teer or sup­port and no mat­ter an ill­ness, or who you are.

To sup­port the cam­paign, Chiefs players wanted to con­nect with Waikids to show they un­der­stood that no one was im­mune to poor health.

Around 30 players spent the morn­ing with chil­dren at Waikato Hos­pi­tal. Some of the young rugby fans were deal­ing with dis­eases such as cancer while oth­ers were re­cov­er­ing from surgery.

Chiefs player Lach­lan Boshier said it was al­ways good to get out and meet fans, es­pe­cially the kids.

‘‘All the boys are here and it’s cool to see the re­ac­tion you get,’’ he said.

‘‘One of the kids we saw, Liam, he had a sea­son pass so it’s good to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the fans too.’’

Other chil­dren in the ward, like Lach­lan Takhar, beamed with hap­pi­ness dur­ing the visit. The three-year-old and his brother Jay­den Toia-Church, 8, are on the Waikids ward, where they spent time with Chiefs players Toni Pulu and Taleni Seu.

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Kate Diprose, cen­ter with Same Cane, and her sib­lings Jessie and Fletcher en­joy the Chiefs’ visit to the Waikids ward.

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