Hautapu’s Club Day to raise awareness and funds for charities close to our hearts

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Hautapu Sports will get behind two cancer-related charities on Saturday May 13 when the club hosts its annual reunion day for past members and supporters.

On Club Day, we will support Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ and Reel Recovery NZ, raising awareness and money to help both charities continue their much-needed work.

Plans for the day include a charity auction to follow Hautapu’s games against old rivals Hamilton Marist at Memorial Park, and the Colts’ match against Eastern Suburbs.

Auction items will include specially-designed jerseys, provided by our apparel partner Dynasty NZ, to be worn in the Waikato Premier Rugby match against Marist.

Straight after the final whistle, the shirts will be cleaned, dried and delivered to the clubrooms for supporters to bid on.

Event timetable

Saturday May 13, 2023

12-noon: Bar open, with light food available for guests

1pm: Hautapu Sports v Eastern Suburbs

1pm: Hautapu Sports v Marist
Waikato Premier B

2.45pm: Hautapu Sports v Marist
Waikato Premier A

5.30pm: Aftermatch function

6pm: Charity auction

Club Day

Hautapu Sports welcomes all past members and supporters who want to reconnect on a special day for the club.

Please help spread the word to former members who have been connected with our netball, rugby, or cricket teams, and coaches, supporters and family members.

Two special guests returning to our club will be former rugby players Peter Fergusson and Mark Tomsett.

Peter Fergusson is the CEO of Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ, our chosen charity for Club Day, while Mark Tomsett helps run Reel Recovery NZ, our partner charity for the event.

Peter Fergusson.
Mark Tomsett.

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ

Every four hours, a New Zealander is diagnosed with a cancer or related condition.

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ was formed in 1977 to support those with blood-related cancer by providing patient support, financial support for research, providing information and creating awareness of the disease, and by providing advocacy services.

Learn more about the organisation in this 2-minute video:

Reel Recovery NZ

Reel Recovery was founded in 2003 by a group of avid fly-fishers, inspired by their fishing buddy’s ongoing battle with brain cancer.

Witnessing first-hand the beneficial impact fly-fishing provided their friend, they created Reel Recovery to provide the same opportunity for other men battling the disease, by providing fishing retreats.

Combining expert fly-fishing instruction with directed “courageous conversations”, the organization provides men with all forms of cancer a unique opportunity to share their stories, learn a new skill, form lasting friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer.

Main photo: A group enjoy each other’s company, and support, at a Reel Recovery retreat.

Learn more about the organisation in this 2-minute video:

Our club’s efforts to combat cancer

Hautapu Sports Club stages bi-annual fundraising events to support organisations that are fighting cancer.

Two years ago, our last event raised $41,600.

Some of the funds raised also help support our club’s Whaanau Fund.

READ MORE: Why we’ve set up the Hautapu Whaanau Support Fund >>>>

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