With tool belts on and hammers in hand, Vodafone Warriors players were put to work at Shine’s refuge on the North Shore this week, building a new shed to create additional storage space for the charity.
Shine has been a Vodafone Warriors charity partner for seven years and is one of the club’s five charities being supported as part of the Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day tomorrow (Sunday) when the team plays the Penrith Panthers.
Shine’s refuge on Auckland’s North Shore was looking to clear one of its rooms to create additional office space for staff.
The new shed, donated by Vodafone Warriors sponsor partner Mitre 10, will be used to store donations of food, clothing and toiletries.
Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha said the club was proud of its long-term partnership with Shine.
“Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate – it’s something that can affect anyone regardless of your age, race, religion, gender or financial position," she said.
"The Vodafone Warriors are committed to supporting a charity that cares for all victims of domestic violence including men, women and children.
“The work Shine does in our communities is hugely valuable and I know our players take a lot from the experience of doing their bit to help out what is a really important cause."
Shine’s fundraising manager Dominic Boekweit said the long standing commitment and loyalty of the Vodafone Warriors means a great deal to everyone involved with the charity.
“Our staff at Shine’s North Shore refuge are really pleased and grateful to the players for the extra storage space. Everyone at Shine is always blown away by how much money and awareness is raised by the Vodafone Warriors Charity Game Day. This Sunday’s will no doubt exceed expectations again,” he said.
As part of the Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day, fans have the opportunity to do their bit when buying tickets by entering the code for their favourite charity from among the club’s five partners. For every ticket purchased with a charity code, the Vodafone Warriors will donate an additional $5 straight to that charity.
To support Shine when buying your tickets for the June 30 match against the Penrith Panthers, use the code word SHINE at the following link: https://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/promo/zr7n1b to donate $5 to Shine.
Aside from Shine, the Vodafone Warriors’ other four charity partners are KidsCan, Le Va, Ronald McDonald House and Paralympics NZ.