The Hockey Foundation has raised more than $50,000 for the Junior Black Sticks Men and Women ahead of the 2013 Junior World Cup at a glitzy gala dinner in Auckland.
Over 300 people attended the Craigs Investment Partners Junior Black Sticks Gala Dinner held at the Langham Hotel two weeks ago, and with 34 auction items up for grabs throughout the evening there was incredible support from the hockey community and business leaders.
The generous spirit of the hockey community and the entertainment throughout made it a very special evening.
Junior Black Stick Jared Panchia attended and said it was humbling to meet in person some of the sponsors and the generous individuals that support the teams.
“A lot of the Junior Black Sticks are studying and it is often our parents we rely on for financial support for the various tournaments we attend. It is just awesome that people out there are willing to help and support us – it means a lot,” says Panchia.
Gold medallists Arthur Parkin, Greg Dayman and Ramesh Patel shared their stories of the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and there was also a panel interview with Junior Black Sticks Erin Goad, Rose Keddell and George Muir which gave the audience an insight into the Junior World Cup campaigns.
Another highlight of the evening were the two superb performances from Mike Chunn’s music organisation Play it Strange. Singing duo Little Rumours opened the evening and later on students from Nga Kakano School entertained with the new official song for the New Zealand team ahead of 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Hockey Foundation Chairman Jon Tanner spoke about the Foundation’s purpose and launched the Future Black Sticks Supporters Club, an initiative which aims to attract a group of donors which will help reduce the costs for athletes on their journey towards the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
With 100 per cent of the donation going directly towards reducing the programme costs for athletes, the club will help lessen the financial burden and support players in realising their full potential without the financial stress of playing at the top level.
“We seek the support of those who have a passion for the game, of those who believe in what Hockey New Zealand is doing, and of those who are able and willing to give back through an annual donation.
“Making a contribution as a donor and building a successful foundation, that enables Hockey New Zealand to build and sustain a world class high performance programme, we believe will enhance the opportunity for our current players to win on the world stage and will be a legacy for all that follow,” said Tanner. To read more about the Supporters Club, click here.
Tanner also spoke about the incredibly generous contribution Sir Owen Glenn has made to the Hockey Foundation as a Founding Patron and his ongoing support of the Sir Owen Glenn Future Black Sticks Programme.
The women’s Junior World Cup team leave on Friday with the World Cup from 27 July-4 August in Germany. The Junior Black Sticks Men will compete in India from the 6-15 December.
In 2011, the Sir Owen Glenn Future Black Sticks Programme was formed. The Future Black Sticks Programme is comprised of national U18 and U21 squad selections for men and women. The programme is a key component of Hockey New Zealand’s high performance programme as it produces the next generation of Black Sticks. The programme includes training and development camps, quality coaching and individualised programmes and international competition.
The Hockey Foundation is a charitable trust that aims to promote and support participation in hockey in New Zealand throughout the community. The Foundation is also working on several fundraising initiatives to support those athletes attending the 2013 Junior World Cup. The more money that is able to be raised by the Foundation, the less the financial burden will be for these athletes and their families this year. The Foundation is extremely appreciative for the ongoing support of Sir Owen Glenn, the Founding Patron of the trust.
A big thanks!
The Hockey Foundation would like to thank the sponsors that helped make this evening such a great success – Craigs Investment Partners, Business World Travel, Sileni, Fuji Xerox and Millennium Hotels.
The Foundation would also like to say a big thanks to all those people who donated money and placed bids, your generous support has helped New Zealand’s young and talented athletes get one step closer to realising their dream.