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Turbos mini teams tackle charity challenge

on Thursday, 05 September 2019. Posted in Turbos News

Turbos mini teams tackle charity challenge

The Manawatu Turbos have turned their mini-team competitiveness into a chance to make a positive impact on the community by helping four local charities.

The Turbos’ four mini teams have partnered with Arohanui Hospice, Camellia House, Kind Hearts and Just Zilch and are leading their own fundraising efforts for the charities.

Mini teams have been a long-standing tradition within the Turbos with various games and competitions throughout the campaign to earn points for the season.

Turbos personal development manager Niki Gunning said she was impressed with the way the players have handled the challenge.

“As PDM it is my role to develop the men outside and around rugby,” she said.

“Getting them involved in a charity gave them a glimpse of the hardships that are faced by many people in the community and the amazing work these charities are doing. It was also an opportunity to develop their teamwork, organisational skills and communication.”

“I have been so impressed with what the players have come up with and the effort they are putting into it. It has gone beyond my expectations.”

As part of the exercise, each organisation spoke to the entire team about what their organisation does in the community.

The mini teams were then given the opportunity to visit their respective organisation to get a first-hand look at what they do.

Each mini team was then challenged to come up with their own fundraising concept.

The Cowboys, named after Manawatu legend Mark Shaw and containing Nick Crosswell, Hamish Northcott, Rhys Pedersen, Sam Malcolm, Te Rangatira Waitokia, Sione Tu’ipulotu, Griffin Culver and Gene Syminton, are looking to turn their statistics from Thursday night’s match against Northland in donations from sponsors.

The team are raising funds for Camellia House, a non-profit organisation that provides safe and temporary accommodation and support for women and children

Each player has the backing of sponsor who has pledged $10 for every tackle they make, $10 for every time they carry the ball and $20 for every try they score. The players will then contribute $10 out of their own pocket for every tackle they miss.

The Hayburners, named after Kevin Eveleigh, are selling raffle tickets to win a training session with the group of Otere Black, Fraser Armstrong, Brayden Iose, Sam Stewart, James Tofa, Josiah Maraku, Sione Asi and Sunao Takizawa.

The $5 raffle tickets are on sale at Stephen Parsons’ House of Travel with entries closing on Friday.

The Fliths, named after Frank Oliver, are running a fundraising barbeque for Kind Hearts at Palmerston North Boys’ High School.

The Bone Bruisers, named after Bruce Hemara, are selling raffle tickets for two people to have a 10-minute scenic helicopter ride over the Rangitikei River as well as lunch with some Turbos players.

The $5 raffle tickets will be on sale at the Manawatu Rugby Union office and at Just Zilch from Monday.