The Vodafone Warriors have today announced plans to stage “the biggest charity game day in New Zealand sport” when they take on arch rivals the Melbourne Storm at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, July 22 (4.00pm kick-off).
In announcing the “The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day”, CEO Cameron George said KidsCan, Paralympics New Zealand, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Shine were the four charities the club had partnered with.
The Vodafone Warriors will announce a number of significant fundraising initiatives to support the game day in the coming weeks but, to kick things off, George revealed the club has already earmarked a donation of $50,000 to the charities if the stadium is sold out. For a crowd of 20,000, the donation will be $25,000, $10,000 for a crowd of 15,000 and $5000 for 10,000.
“We see this as a tremendous opportunity for our members, fans, corporate partners, players, staff and families to come together as we never have before to support some great causes,” he said.
“We’re calling on our fans to play their part and help us pack the stadium out. We want to sell it out and raise as much money as we can for our fantastic charity partners.”
George said the club’s commitment to donate much-needed funds based on the crowd size was just one component of “The Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day”.
“We have some amazing plans in the pipeline,” he said.
“We’ve been working with our partners on this initiative for some time and will be in a position to announce what we are doing with them in the coming days.
“This is something that is incredibly important to everyone here at the club and our players are going to be coming to the party, too.”
George also announced principal sponsor Vodafone would be setting up a ‘text-to-donate’ number to support the fundraising drive.