Players from the Smokefree Manawatu Turbos visited MidCentral Health’s Child Development Service to deliver an electric buggy that was fundraised for at their charity jersey game on 3 September this year.
Caption: Turbos players with children from the Child Development Service decorating the ‘Whizz bug’.
The Turbos spent some time helping the children from the Child Development Service decorate the buggy fondly known as the ‘whizz bug’, with Turbos stickers and flags. The electric buggy helps children with mobility difficulties learn what it’s like to control an electric mobility device at an early age, making the transition to electric wheelchairs much easier. The Child Development Service have a child lined up to begin using the buggy soon.
The charity jersey game raised $12,000 through sales of the charity jerseys that were designed by many of the children from the child development service. The Turbos sold the signed jerseys worn by the players, sold replicas of the jerseys and they screened the Tasman vs Turbos game at Downtown Cinemas for their partners to raise the money required.
Gabrielle Scott Child Development Service Coordinator said: “We are really grateful to the Turbos for fundraising for the whizz bug. The children will certainly benefit from this donation.”
Turbos Brand Manager Jason Cole said: “The Turbos loved working with the child development service on the jersey. The support of our fans and partners has been immense, thanks to them we are able to give back to the community with projects like this.”
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