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Vodafone Warriors Jazz Tevaga and Sam Lisone swapped their skills on the rugby league field for skills in the kitchen this week, baking, decorating and selling finger buns to raise money for the club’s charity partner KidsCan.

The club is on board for the Bakers Delight KidsCan Finger Bun fundraising campaign, which is in its second year.

Tevaga and Lisone were at Bakers Delight Pukekohe this week, substituting their usual rugby league garb for aprons and bakers’ hats, all for an excellent cause.

Running from May 2 to May 29, the campaign sees thousands of iced finger buns sprinkled with KidsCan coloured sprinkles - red and blue - sold nationwide. For every KidsCan finger bun sold, $1 will be donated to KidsCan while $2 from every KidsCan mini finger bun four-pack will go to the cause.

Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha said the club was proud to be supporting such the nationwide initiative designed to raise much-needed funds to support kids in need.

“The money raised through this campaign will go directly in to providing kids with Vodafone Warriors raincoats through KidsCan, as well as shoes and socks for kids whose families struggle financially to provide some of these basic clothing items for their children,” said Kesha.

“KidsCan and the Vodafone Warriors have an excellent, long-term relationship and our players and staff absolutely love going in to KidsCan schools across the country to hand out raincoats. The joy it brings kids is just so awesome to see.”

The Bakers Delight KidsCan Finger Bun campaign aims to raise at least $40,000, a $10,000 increase on last year’s target. That would be enough to provide kids in need with 1000 raincoats and 800 pairs of shoes and socks.

KidsCan is a charitable trust which provides food, clothing and basic health items in schools to enable New Zealand kids living in hardship to reach their full potential. The organisation currently works with more than 741 low decile schools across New Zealand.

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