Tamariki and Rangatahi to benefit from New Zealand Rugby Bledisloe Cup blockbuster

NZR players and students

For every ticket sold to the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup blockbuster against Australia at Eden Park on 24 September, $1 will be donated to New Zealand Rugby’s official charity partner, the Graeme Dingle Foundation.

Aotearoa’s leading youth development organisation, Graeme Dingle Foundation, has been the official charity partner of New Zealand Rugby for four years, creating unmatched opportunities for young people through connection with our country’s greatest sporting stars helping tamariki and rangatahi to realise their potential.

This September, the Foundation will benefit from ticket sales for the first time in the much anticipated All Blacks Bledisloe Cup against Australia on 24 September.

A minimum of $1 from each ticket purchased will be donated directly to the foundation with the public being given the opportunity to donate more alongside purchase of their ticket.

Graeme Dingle Foundation CEO Jenny Stiles says that “Delighted does not adequately describe how we felt when NZ Rugby told us the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park would be a charity fundraiser for the Graeme Dingle Foundation! This is an amazing opportunity that will provide vital funding to support tamariki on our programmes across Aotearoa.

“Critically, this also gives us chance to get our message out at a time when services like ours are needed most. We want to tell people that it is possible to help our kids at this tough time – tamariki who may be disengaging from school, feeling highly anxious or suffering other mental well-being challenges.”

Having supported more than 300,000 tamariki and rangatahi since 1995, Graeme Dingle Foundation has rich history of offering young people opportunities to build resilience, self-belief, and improve their mental wellbeing. Their vision is that Aotearoa New
Zealand will be the best place in the world to be young and they couldn’t do that without their generous supporters.

NZR General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum says New Zealand Rugby and the players are excited to be a part of this great initiative…
“We are really proud to partner with the Graeme Dingle Foundation and to support the amazing work they do to help young people in Aotearoa realise their potential. We see this inaugural Charity Test as a vehicle to allow the Foundation to continue their work and I know the players are excited about being part of this initiative.”

Beyond the official charity partnership, the Foundation has connected closely with New Zealand Rugby’s current and past players for many years, including some who have donated their time to mentoring young people, and with current Black Ferns players also being employed by the Foundation as staff which has provided flexibility around training and game days.

Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Business Development Manager, Stephanie Brown says…

“We are so fortunate to have an excellent relationship with New Zealand Rugby and the players and with the Bledisloe cup set to be a sell-out, the Foundation will be able to achieve even more for young people thanks to their support.
New Zealand Rugby have been a real driving force behind the Foundation being able to promote our mahi, and we are thrilled to see the partnership blossom further with this initiative. We are so grateful for the support of both New Zealand Rugby and the public getting behind this game. We can’t wait!”

The Charity Test will round out a bumper home Test schedule which sees the All Blacks play three Lipovitan-D Rugby Championship matches in Christchurch, Hamilton and Auckland and the Black Ferns play Australia at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch on 20 August in the first of two O’Reilly Cup Tests.

Tickets to all four Tests are on sale now at www.allblacks.com/tickets

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