Rugby flavour for surf club fundraiser

16th August 2019


Former All Black Sir John Kirwan
 and World Cup-winning coach Wayne Smith spearheaded Red Beach’s recent fundraiser ‘A Night with a Knight and a Coaching Guru’.
The evening at the clubrooms was held in conjunction with All Blacks Tours and had radio sports announcer Jim Kayes as the MC.  All available tickets were pre-sold.

It was a night of entertainment and hilarity as the two All Blacks icons generated a smorgasbord of personal comments on Rugby tours from the past including the inaugural Rugby World Cup which took place in 1987 and launched a young John Kirwan into stardom through a scintillating run with the ball in the final game.

It was the second time around for the fundraiser and it generated close to $21,000, less costs, for the club’s JuniorSurf division. The money raised will go towards gear purchases and maintenance for the division which saw a near-record membership last summer.

High-ticket items at the night’s auction generated some fierce bidding and accounted for more than half of the night’s take.
A Rugby World Cup jersey with players’ signatures went for $2,000; a brand new Sonic Board attracted the highest bid of $2,100 and one of Joseph Parker’s boxing gloves was sold for $1,800.  A variety of blind auction items pulled in $4,000.

The sell-out crowd at the Rugby Night fundraiser.

A Rugby World Cup jersey with players' signatures went at auction for $2,000.

A brand new Sonic Racing Board attracted the highest bid of $2,100.

One of Joseph Parker's boxing gloves was sold for $1,800.

 

A variety of blind auction items realised a total of $4,000 on the night.