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.