Close to $60k raised at Halberg Sport for Life Dinner

By andreasvendsen on October 13, 2014

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It was all about the lovely children who took to the stage in front of several hundred spectators and bravely talked about what the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation means to them.

The Harcourts Foundation hosted the inaugural Halberg Sport for Life Dinner on Thursday 9 October at SkyCity Convention Centre, raising close to $60,000 for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.

Matakorama Waipouri, who has cerebral palsy, described Halberg allowing her to try things she would never normally be able to, and helping her through difficult times by giving her a fun and active focus.

It was hard not to be moved by the words of the children, and attendees gave generously through donations, the purchase of raffle tickets and an incredible auction, which alone raised more than $50,000 and was called by renowned Christchurch auctioneer Phil McGoldrick.

Every cent of the $60,000 goes towards helping disabled Kiwi children and young people participate in and benefit from sport through the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.

As well as an opportunity to hear the children who benefit from Halberg speak, attendees learnt about the power of sport from a panel of New Zealand sporting greats – former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry, All Blacks mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka, Paralympic gold medal winning cyclist Phillipa Gray and Olympic rowing champion and Team New Zealand sailor Rob Waddell. Sky Sport presenter Scotty Stevenson acted as MC for the evening.1. Panel

The Harcourts Foundation is an official partner of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Harcourts CEO Hayden Duncan says the partnership was formed after many of the Harcourts team witnessed first-hand the incredible difference Halberg makes to the lives of disabled Kiwis and their families.

“To see a child grow in confidence and really start to believe their disability doesn’t need to hold them back, is a wonderful thing. At Harcourts we are in awe of the work the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation does, and it is humbling to be able to hand over the proceeds of the Sport for Life Dinner to them.”