Most rugby fans will be used to seeing some of the BNZ Crusaders team wearing traditional headgear when they take to the field, but next Wednesday the team will be sporting something a bit less practical but a lot more colourful – all in support of children with cancer.
The BNZ Crusaders are a long-standing supporter of Child Cancer Foundation and will be joining hundreds of schools and businesses across the country for New Zealand’s first ever Wig Wednesday on June 22.
Members of the team will be visiting Kaiapoi Borough School on Wig Wednesday to show off their wig style, and BNZ Crusaders first five Richie Mo’unga says they are looking forward to helping to promote this important day: “There are some incredibly brave young people out there going through battles far harder and scarier than anything we encounter on the rugby field. It will be an absolute honour to show our support of these kids and of the Child Cancer Foundation, and Wig Wednesday is a fun way to do that.”
“The Crusaders are always so generous with their time and we are excited they will be taking part in Wig Wednesday,” said Child Cancer Foundation Chief Executive Robyn Kiddle. “The Crusaders are such positive role models for Child Cancer Foundation children, and their visit gives the opportunity for children and parents to have some one-on-one time with their heroes.”
Every week more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer and at any given time the Child Cancer Foundation is assisting more than 500 families nationwide.
The Child Cancer Foundation provides one-to-one, personalised support to Kiwi children diagnosed with cancer and their family. The Foundation aims to ensure children and their families are supported, informed and remain connected at every stage of their cancer journey.
Wig Wednesday is based on the successful fundraising campaign run by CLIC Sargent (the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families).
As a stand-alone charity, the Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct funding from the government, so it relies on the generosity of New Zealanders to support its cause. For more information about Wig Wednesday and to register, visit www.childcancer.org.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org