MPs and sporting greats to turn out for local charities

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

On Saturday 3 September I will have the pleasure of hosting the Parliamentary rugby and netball teams for two charity matches here in Christchurch. For those of you who aren’t familiar with our parliamentary sports teams, each team is made up of MPs from both sides of the political spectrum as well as parliamentary staff. We play 5-6 games around New Zealand every year.

While these games are a great opportunity for MPs and staff to demonstrate their athletic prowess, they also serve a much greater purpose of raising both money and awareness for local charities within our Kiwi communities.

Next month’s games will be in support of two very special causes: Hohepa Canterbury, who create opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and autism to live full lives, and 0800 Hungry, a food bank that delivers emergency food parcels to people in need. I was fortunate enough to help out both these charities during Volunteer Week in June and was inspired by work they are doing for our Port Hills communities. I am pleased we have the opportunity to support their work with this exciting event.

Make sure you come along to support our sports teams and, more importantly, these two fantastic charities on 3 September. Our Parliamentary netball team will play at 1pm at Christ’s College Indoor Court followed by the rugby team who will kick off at 3pm at Christ’s College Upper Rugby Ground. Tickets will be available to pre-purchase for the post-match function, which will include a charity auction, raffles and mixing with sporting legends and parliamentary greats. All proceeds from this will be evenly split between Hohepa Canterbury and 0800 Hungry.

If you would like further information or are a business who would like to donate to this event, please contact my office on 03 384 0008. You can also purchase your tickets for the games and after-match function online.

Hope to see you all there!