Vodafone Warriors players were out in support of the Jammies in June appeal at Kidz First Childrens Hospital at Middlemore on Monday. Photo: Bodie Friend.


Less than 24 hours after the clubs clean sweep of all three grades against Manly at Mount Smart Stadium, six Vodafone Warriors donned Bendon pyjama bottoms and Canterbury of New Zealand T shirts to support the programme.


Sam Rapira, Konrad Hurrell, Todd Lowrie, Harry Siejka, Jacob Lillyman and Shaun Johnson spent time with kids while the club also donated 40 sets of pyjamas to the Jammies in June cause.


The players relished the opportunity to lift spirits among kids and care givers at the hospital.


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Kidz First has launched the appeal to help keep kids warm in winter in a bid to reduce high rates of preventable illness among children such as acute rheumatic fever, a disease usually found only in third world countries but prevalent in Counties Manukau.


Very few children have their own jammies, especially if they have been admitted acutely, said Marlene Stratton, Service Manager for Kidz First Childrens Hospital.


The hospital does provide jammies, but they are not warm or special. Giving children pyjamas helps to normalise a hospital stay and helps parents and families understand the importance of keeping their children warm, especially at this time of year.


Jammies in June has donated pyjamas to 1000 New Zealanders and aims to give away another 4000 by the end of the month.


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