Lions be­come su­per­heroes for char­ity auc­tion


They are al­ready he­roes to many, but on Sun­day the Welling­ton Lions will be­come su­per­heroes.

Welling­ton’s rugby team will wear su­per­hero-style playing tops for the an­nual Welling­ton Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Char­ity Game against Otago.

They will also flip a sil­ver ‘Brav­ery Coin’ dur­ing the pre­match coin toss, which will be auc­tioned along with the playing jer­seys. All funds will be do­nated to the chil­dren’s hospi­tal.

Lions play­ers Julian Savea, Brad Shields and Jack­son Gar­den-Ba­chop vis­ited the chil­dren’s hospi­tal on Tues­day, decked out in their special jer­seys, putting smiles on many young faces.

‘‘It’s al­ways hum­bling to visit the chil­dren’s ward and in­spir­ing to see the courage of the pa­tients and their par­ents as well as the work the staff do, and to be able to make a small con­tri­bu­tion is a real priv­i­lege,’’ Shields said.

‘‘The char­ity jer­seys look great ... hope­fully our fans can get be­hind the auc­tion and help us make a difference.’’

The Vil­lage Gold­smith made the special brav­ery coin and medals that are for sale on­line. Funds raised will go to­wards the Welling­ton Re­gional Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment fund.

Jer­seys and the coin will be auc­tioned on TradeMe fol­low­ing Sun­day’s game against Otago at West­pac Sta­dium.

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