All Black jersey raffled
Putaruru businesses are getting behind their St John service’s $ 5000 building upgrade goal thanks to a donated black knit jersey.
Signed by all 33 New Zealand rugby world cup players and management, ASB has purchased an All Black 2011 world champion jersey to be raffled off.
The ‘‘real collector’s item’’ is different to other signed memorabilia as it will have signatures from last minute additions Stephen Donald, Aaron Cruden and Jose Gear.
ASB Matamata Rural manager Tony Kissick thought of the idea as he felt it would be good for the community partnership ASB had with St John.
He approached local residents David and Maureen Smith ( parents of former All Black backs coach Wayne Smith) to get, at that stage, 30 signatures during the tournament.
‘‘Once I got the 30, that was cool. Once the squad got together, that was when the Smiths played their part in getting the signatures.
‘‘ The biggest challenge has been getting those three other signatures,’’ Mr Kissick said.
The New Zealand Rugby Union, Waikato Union and ASB staff in Wellington, Manawatu and Hamilton have assisted in getting two of the three extra names. ‘‘ Jose Gear had gone down to Wellington and we got him (Stephen Donald) before he left for Bath. Cruden was overseas (after cup celebrations).’’
Mr Kissick is still tracking down Aaron Cruden’s autograph but estimates the value of the jersey will be around $2500.
Libby Kissick is a WINTEC journalism student