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‘Howzat!’ for a fundraiser?   

‘Howzat!’ for a fundraiser?   

26 May 2023 - The Sunrise Foundation Cricket team

Southland Development Squad met with Janine McDiarmid and Glenda Stokes from Sunrise before heading off for their annual cricket match against Poverty Bay Wekas. 

A cricket fundraising event in Queenstown raised almost $27,000 for sports organisations in our region affected by Cyclone Gabrielle who needed to replace or repair equipment. 

The event was organised by the social cricket team Southland Development Squad (SDS) and consisted of 12 hours of continuous cricket for the team. Over the years SDS have formed a strong relationship with local cricket team Poverty Bay Wekas and this inspired them to hold the fundraiser and help. 

Charlie Phillips, SDS spokesperson, said, "When we saw the terrible outcome of the cyclone, our team had no hesitation in helping our friends and other sporting organisations get back on their feet.” 

"It was for such a good cause - we'd do it again in a heartbeat, although hopefully there won't be the need." 

SDS asked Sunrise to identify where the highest need was and to distribute the $27,000 on their behalf.  The following sporting organisations benefitted from their generous donation: 

  • Ruatoria City Sports Club 
  • Poverty Bay Kayak Club 
  • Horouta Waka Ama Club 
  • Gisborne Rowing Club