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.