Tonight’s Round 20 Hyundai A-League match against Western United sees Wellington Phoenix wearing a special one-off charity strip in support of Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF).
The playing kit features a purple shirt with a koru motif, green playing shorts and white socks, the brand colours and motif of the MHF.
The strip has been designed and manufactured by Paladin, who are official kit provider for the Phoenix. The original, one-off players shirts will auctioned off on Trade Me with all proceeds going to MHF to help them in their excellent work in tackling New Zealand’s number one social issue.
Wellington Phoenix General Manager, David Dome, says that the club wanted to express its commitment to mental health in a very real way, as well provide fans a ‘wow factor’ with a uniquely-coloured kit that highlights the club’s intention to push the envelope for a good cause.
‘’The concept behind the strip was to stand out in a bold, innovative way to really highlight the issue around mental health in our country.
‘’Using the bold colours of the Mental Health Foundation symbolises how strongly we as a club we feel about the cause.
“Plus, we wanted this to be a true surprise for our fans at Sky Stadium tonight, so we took great pains to keep this one-off kit under wraps – right up until the players walked out onto the pitch.
“We hope the fans love this surprise and that it encourages them to support MHF and to start conversations with friends, family and colleagues about positive mental health.
“And a huge thanks to Paladin for their outstanding commitment to this initiative and for working with us to deliver something truly unique.”
A limited number of the MHF jerseys will be made available for purchase from Football Central following the match via www.phoenixshop.co.nz, as well as kits for sale at the stadium on the night.
The Phoenix will also be auctioning off the game-worn MHF jerseys from this match via Trade Me, with all proceeds raised going to MHF and the work they do to help Kiwis living with mental health issues.
You can view these Trade Me auctions at www.wellingtonphoenix.com/mentalhealth