Game changer: Buck­lands Beach AFC kicks off with Don Ha do­nated jer­seys

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Hun­dreds of ju­nior foot­ballers at Buck­lands Beach AFC are turn­ing out in style thanks to brand new uni­forms do­nated by Don Ha Real Es­tate.

The com­pany, which has a wide pres­ence in South and East Auck­land, do­nated 900 shirts for 450 club mem­bers at the start of the 2016 soc­cer sea­son. Each player re­ceived a yel­low ‘home’ shirt and a blue ‘away’ shirt.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the sup­port of Don Ha Real Es­tate, club pres­i­dent Andy Pullar says the club, par­ents and chil­dren were ex­tremely thank­ful for the gen­er­ous ges­ture.

‘‘Like all sports clubs, Buck­lands Beach AFC re­lies heav­ily on our spon­sors to help with the in­creas­ing costs of run­ning a com­mu­nity sports club,’’ he says.

‘‘We have been very lucky this year to se­cure spon­sor­ship from Don Ha Real Es­tate. The gen­er­ous sup­port from the team at Don Ha has al­lowed us to pro­vide ev­ery ju­nior player with two play­ing shirts. With over 350 kids play­ing ju­nior foot­ball on Satur­day morn­ing at Lloyd Elsmore Park, the mass of yel­low and blue is a sight to be­hold.’’

Don Ha Real Es­tate sales men­tor Don Ha says this is the best money the com­pany has spent on spon­sor­ship. Ac­cord­ing to him, he had gone to watch his son play soc­cer when he hap­pened to see that all the play­ers were wear­ing shirts with the Lotto NZ logo.

‘‘I was puz­zled why a large gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion had to spon­sor lo­cal clubs when there were so many lo­cal com­pa­nies in our com­mu­nity,’’ he says.

Don be­lieves this is an in­vest­ment in chil­dren. Ac­cord­ing to him, ‘‘They are our fu­ture and they are to­mor­row’s lead­ers.’’

In fact, one of his fu­ture projects is an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme ori­ented to­wards teach­ing lead­er­ship to chil­dren in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘The project will aim to har­ness chil­dren’s po­ten­tial and sup­port them in lead­er­ship en­deav­ours,’’ he ex­plains.

Over the years, Don Ha Real Es­tate has of­fered cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship to a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Cancer So­ci­ety, South Auck­land Hospice, and Tear Fund.

The com­pany is cur­rently a Gold Spon­sor for Lights of Life Di­wali (In­dian Fes­ti­val) Fundrais­ing Char­ity din­ner for the ben­e­fit of Cancer So­ci­ety and South Auck­land Hospice.

Lights for Life will hold a ma­jor din­ner fundraiser on Oc­to­ber 29, 2016 at Ma­hatma Ghandi Cen­tre, 145 New North Road, Eden Ter­race, Auck­land.

‘‘We are ex­pect­ing around 600 peo­ple to at­tend,’’ Don says. ‘‘The goal is to raise more than $50,000 net to be split equally be­tween South Auck­land Hospice and Cancer So­ci­ety.’’

If you would like to donate or know more about the Lights for Life Char­ity fundrais­ing event, email or phone 09 261-2555.

Buck­lands Beach AFC coach Ted and Don Ha with club mem­bers.

Don Ha Real Es­tate do­nated 900 shirts to 450 chil­dren for the 2016 soc­cer sea­son.

Don be­lieves this is an in­vest­ment in chil­dren. ‘‘They are our fu­ture and they are to­mor­row’s lead­ers."

Each player re­ceived a yel­low ‘home’ shirt and a blue ‘away’ shirt.

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