Last month Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome, met with Shaun Robinson, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF) to hand over a cheque for $14,000.
This cheque was the result of a range of fundraising initiatives that the Phoenix had undertaken for the MHF this season, beginning at their match versus Western United on 21st February – which the club designated as their Mental Health Round. The Phoenix players wore a special purple playing jersey for this match, then auctioned these jerseys on Trade Me with all funds going to the MHF.
In addition, the club partnered with Paladin, the official kit provider for the Phoenix, and Football Central to sell a limited number of the purple jerseys to the public.
David Dome says that he was honoured the club was able support a worthy charity like MHF.
“The Mental Health Foundation does such important work in New Zealand for people living with mental health issues, and no doubt their services are in high demand at the moment.
“We’re happy to support them through such a fun and unique initiative, and we want to thank Paladin for playing such a key role in allowing this fundraising to happen.”
Director of Paladin, Ed Harman, says the organisation were delighted to support such an important cause.
“Paladin are proud to be a part of this campaign and that it was such a huge success – we’re looking forward to next year.”
The MHF is currently running a Getting Through Together campaign, which includes a website with helpful resources and articles to help people get through the current lockdown and other effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Visit the website now at www.allright.org.nz/campaigns/getting-through-together
About the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.
They work to influence individuals, Whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. Find out more at www.mentalhealth.org.nz