Game changer: Bucklands Beach AFC kicks off with Don Ha donated jerseys
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.