The Wellington Phoenix are pleased to be able to donate $5,000 towards the work of the Royal New Zealand Returned & Services’ Association (RNZRSA), following a Remembrance Round fundraiser they ran earlier in the season.
Round Five – held in November last year – was the Hyundai A-League’s annual Remembrance Round, with clubs all doing their part to recognise Remembrance Sunday and to honour those who have defended their respective countries around the world.
For this event, the Wellington Phoenix players all chose to wear RSA Poppies on the front of their shirts for the Sunday 10 November match against Melbourne Victory – with these shirts later auctioned off on TradeMe. In total, 21 shirts were auctioned off over a 10-day period, raising $5,000 and bettering the amount the Phoenix raised for RSA the previous year.
Yesterday, Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome presented the cheque to RNZRSA Senior Advisor and NZDF veteran of three operational deployments, Danny Nelson and Partnerships Manager, Gavin Miller.
Gavin says that he appreciates the effort the Phoenix went to, both to support their charity and to raise the spotlight around the services that RSA offers in the community.
“Operating a charity in today’s environment is challenging, so to have Wellington Phoenix do something like this helps make a real and tangible difference for all those we care for.”
“We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the donation by the Wellington Phoenix, with the funds raised going towards assisting our service veterans and their families.”
Wellington Phoenix General Manager, David Dome, says that the Phoenix have a long history of supporting charities like the RSA and are committed to giving back to the community where they can.
”The Remembrance Round is an important annual event in the Hyundai A-League that we as a club whole heartedly support; many New Zealanders died fighting for our country so we could experience the freedoms that we have in our society today, many years later.
”We acknowledge those who currently serve and remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in their service, and for us supporting the RSA through this initiative was the right thing to do and rewarding for us as a club.”
Royal New Zealand Returned & Services’ Association manages a support network to assist all those affected by military service for New Zealand, both current and former personnel. This extends to the families of those who served too.
The RSA support network is dedicated to providing welfare and assistance, from our eldest military service personnel to our youngest Kiwis. This is done by mobilising a network of hard-working RSA volunteers located in towns and cities all across NZ and providing an array of support services and resources for those in need.