The Vodafone Warriors have already blitzed schools in Whangarei, Nelson, Auckland and Wellington this year and on Thursday and Friday they have 10 Christchurch schools in their sights.

Injured back rower Ben Henry and club legends Ruben Wiki and Jerome Ropati combine with Kiwi Ferns star Georgia Hale to take the club’s Harvey Norman Community Warriors campaign to six schools tomorrow (May 12).

They arrived in Christchurch on Wednesday night to front the ACC Everyday Athlete and KidsCan ‘Raincoats for Kids’ programmes at local schools ahead of the Vodafone Warriors’ 10th-round NRL clash against Penrith at AMI Stadium on Saturday (5.00pm kick-off).

Later the advance guard is joined by former captain Simon Mannering when all will attend a gala dinner with the Penrith squad at Addington Raceway.

On Friday, Mannering and Henry link with Wiki, NRL ambassadors Ropati and Hale plus Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha to visit four more schools as well as Ronald McDonald House and Vodafone’s Christchurch head office.

On Saturday they’ll be out watching junior rugby league games before taking in the Vodafone Warriors’ crucial clash against Penrith, the first NRL match played in Christchurch since the city suffered such horrific damage from the 2011 earthquake (the last NRL match in Christchurch was between the Sydney Roosters and the Vodafone Warriors at the now unused Jade Stadium in 2010).

Taking Harvey Norman Community Warriors programmes to Christchurch follows visits to more than 40 schools in Whangarei, Nelson and Auckland in February plus Wellington last month.

Next week the Harvey Norman Community Warriors team will be in New Plymouth ahead of the first-ever NRL match in Taranaki; it’s a Vodafone Warriors home game against the Canberra Raiders at Yarrow Stadium on Saturday, May 21 (7.30pm).

Manu Vatuvei was scheduled to fly to Christchurch with Mannering on Thursday but is now staying home following a family bereavement.

 

HARVEY NORMAN COMMUNITY WARRIORS | CHRISTCHURCH

May 12-14

 

Thursday, May 12

 

10.00-10.45 

Hornby High School

Hornby

Programme: ACC Everyday Athlete

Attending: Ruben Wiki, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha

                    

10.00-10.45 

Clearview Primary School

Rolleston

Programme: ACC Everyday Athlete

Attending: Ben Henry, Jerome Ropati

 

11.30-12.15 

Rowley Avenue School

Hoon Hay

Programme: ACC Everyday Athlete

Attending: Ruben Wiki, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha

 

11.30-12.15 

Rolleston School

Rolleston

Programme: ACC Everyday Athlete

Attending: Ben Henry, Jerome Ropati

 

2.00-2.45     

Northcote School

Redwood

Programmes: ACC Everyday Athlete and KidsCan ‘Raincoats for Kids’

Attending: Ruben Wiki, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha

 

2.00-2.45     

Oaklands School

Halswell

Programme: ACC Everyday Athlete

Attending: Ben Henry, Jerome Ropati

 

7.00-9.00     

Gala Dinner

Christian Cullen Lounge

Addington Raceway

Attending: Simon Mannering, Ben Henry, Ruben Wiki, Jerome Ropati, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha

 

Friday, May 13

 

10.00-10.45 

Te Waka Unua

Woolston

Programme: ACC Everyday Athlete

Attending: Ruben Wiki, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha

 

10.00-10.45 

St Thomas of Canterbury College

Sockburn

Programme: ACC Everyday Athlete

Attending: Simon Mannering, Ben Henry, Jerome Ropati

 

2.00-2.45     

Linwood Avenue School

Linwood

Programme: ACC Everyday Athlete

Attending: Ruben Wiki, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha

 

2.00-2.45     

St Anne’s Catholic School

Woolston

Programmes: ACC Everyday Athlete, KidsCan ‘Raincoats for Kids’

Attending: Simon Mannering, Ben Henry, Jerome Ropati

 

3.00-3.45     

Ronald McDonald House Visit

Linwood

Attending: Simon Mannering, Ben Henry, Ruben Wiki, Jerome  Ropati, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha

 

4.00-4.45     

Vodafone Visit

Head Office

Tuam Street

Christchurch

Attending: Simon Mannering, Ben Henry, Ruben Wiki, Jerome Ropati, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha

 

Saturday, May 14

 

10.30-11.30 

Junior rugby league

Agricultural Park

Curletts Road

 Attending: Simon Mannering, Ben Henry, Ruben Wiki, Jerome Ropati, Georgia Hale, Petrece Kesha