It’s nearly Turbo time for the Manawatu, and our champion team are already planning how they can turbo charge MDHB’s child development service.
This year’s jersey game, which will be played on 3 September against Canterbury, will fundraise for the purchase of an electric buggy for MDHB’s child development service. The buggy helps children with mobility difficulties learn what it’s like to control an electric mobility device at an early age, making it much easier for them to transition to electric wheelchairs.
Several children have been testing a loaned buggy, and so far the smiles have said it all. The actual buggy will of course ditch the red and black of the loaned one, and be emblazoned in the green and white of the mighty Turbos.
A workshop is being held for children from the service to design the unique jersey that will be worn in the charity match, and some of the Turbos squad will be there to give them inspiration.
MDHB’s Portfolio Manager Children, Youth & Intersectoral Partnerships Barb Bradnock is thrilled at the support the Turbos are giving the service.
She said: “At $12,000 this is an expensive piece of equipment, but it makes a big difference for these children. The fact that the Turbos are getting in behind this service and going all out to raise money for it, really speaks to their level of commitment to our community.”
Manawatu Rugby CEO John Knowles spoke of having the opportunity to help those in need:
“We are in a privileged position to be able to help make a difference to young lives in the Manawatu. The Jersey game has been a huge success and after helping with the neonatal unit last year it is really special to be invited back to help with the child development service. We see it as a humbling cause and one our fans, players and partners will all get behind 100% come the game against Canterbury on September 3rd”
It is hoped that this jersey will work well for the Turbos, as the jersey game has proven a good omen for the Turbos in the past, with a 29-27 win over Bay of Plenty in 2014’s neonatal unit jersey, and a 27-17 win over Southland in 2013’s children’s ward jersey.
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