Waikato team changes socks for char­ity

South Waikato News - - PICK THE WINNERS -

Waikato play­ers will wear mul­ti­coloured socks in their ITM Cup match with Otago on Fri­day night in sup­port of their char­ity Rain­bow Place.

Waikato player Stephen Don­ald, the team’s char­ity spokesman, came to team man­age­ment with the orig­i­nal idea and Kukri’s gen­eral man­ager Mark McCon­nell came on board with the socks.

‘‘Rain­bow Place is a great fa­cil­ity and ser­vice pro­vided by Penny and her awe­some team.

‘‘The Waikato team do what they can to sup­port Rain­bow Place and the socks con­cept is just an­other way that team can help with pub­lic aware­ness and sup­port of Rain­bow Place,’’ Don­ald says.

‘‘We wanted to be able to sup­port Rain­bow Place char­ity in the small way we can as they do a great job and it’s great WRU have teamed up with a char­ity that makes a real dif­fer­ence in chil­dren’s lives’ in the Waikato re­gion,’’ Mr McCon­nell said.

Rain­bow Place man­ager

and chil­dren’s nurse Penny Par­son says Rain­bow Place is a ser­vice for chil­dren and young peo­ple who have to deal with the ‘‘tough stuff’’ around se­ri­ous ill­ness and be­reave­ment.

‘‘The rain­bow has al­ways been a sym­bol of hope and com­fort for peo­ple.

Our Kau­matua, Koronei­hana Cooper, gave us the words ‘‘Uenuku Ki Te Rangi’’ (the com­forter of all peo­ple) to sit un­der our rain­bow’’.

Rain­bow Place will have col­lec­tion buck­ets at the game, along with face paint­ing in the Kid­szone area.

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