Steelers pop on a red nose for charity

Young Brody Carson (2) cracks a smile, as he shares some time with Counties Manukau Steeler, Sam Furniss, on Red Nose Day.

The children of Lollipops Educare Waiuku, were treated to a steely visit on Friday.

In celebration of Red Nose Day, Lollipops held a fundraising “funday”. Counties Manukau Steelers, midfielder Sam Furniss, and winger Sione Fifita, joined the children to share in their fundraising event.

Initially, the young generation were a tough crowd to crack though, as it was morning tea time! When you’re little, food is high on the list!

Sam and Sione won them over as soon as they had a rugby ball in hand, and a bright red nose in place. Although attaching the small red puff to Sione’s sturdy nose, proved quite the challenge.

Red Nose Day is Cure Kids biggest annual fundraiser, and this year their hope is to raise $1million for child health research.

Kelsey Clark, a teacher at Lollipops Waiuku, told how they had explained to the children what Red Nose Day was all about.

“One of the children from the centre had recently been to hospital. We talked about how hospitals were good when people were sick. They liked how making a donation on Red Nose Day, and getting a small treat in return like a funny Red Nose, can help kids get better when they’re in hospital.”

The centre’s goal was to raise $500, and by midday, they had exceeded that.

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