Stafix gives local rugby clubs a $5000 ‘makeover’
Stafix, from Tru-Test Group has ‘taken a stand’. Actually they have taken three and given three grassroots rugby clubs a much appreciated cash injection as winners of its ‘Take a Stand’ competition.
Maungakaramea’s Mid Western Rugby Club, Eketahuna Rugby Club and Gore’s Pioneer Rugby Club have each won a prize of $5000 to put towards upgrading their rugby club facilities.
Over 150 clubs entered the competition; a number Tru Test Group’s Shaun Owen said, “far exceeded our expectations.” The quantity and caliber of the entries also led Stafix to extend the prize pool to include five additional prize packs of training balls, drink bottles, Stafix fencing product and Resene paint vouchers.
Shaun says after much deliberation the top three clubs were selected due to the quality of their entry, the degree of need for the prize and the contribution each makes to their local community through club rugby.
“Each of these clubs bring together their rural communities on a weekly basis, provide access of the clubrooms to other community organisations and display active fundraising programmes.
We felt they each epitomised the NZ club rugby spirit and reinforced the sentiment that club rugby is still the heart and soul of rural communities.”
Mid Western Rugby Club will be using the funds to upgrade their kitchen. The kitchen which produces up to 350 roast meals for players, refs and supporters on club days, is currently characterised by its oven door that is held shut by a propped chair.
Mid Western’s Emma Kerton says “for many years the AGM committee has acknowledged that the kitchen needs to be upgraded, but as funds are tight each year any spare money is required for maintaining or upgrading rugby equipment,”
For Eketahuna Rugby Club, pride of the small Wairarapa town of 440 people, the prize money will be used to build and paint a new deck around the clubrooms.
The club gets most of its funding through a beef scheme where calves are donated by dairy farmers and then finished by sheep and beef farmers.
The Pioneer Rugby Football Club in Gore will be putting the $5000 towards upgrading a number of items in the clubrooms including their “temperamental” oven, which feeds not only rugby teams, but the adjacent netball court’s teams as well.
“The club has become a meeting ground for many people from the wider community with members ranging in age from 0 to 85. A number of netball teams also attend the club on Saturdays to watch games, bringing with them their children and friends,” says Pioneer Rugby Club’s Lisa Boult
Tru-Test Group’s Shaun Owen says “part of Stafix’s commitment to powering New Zealand farming is recognising the importance of rural communities in the lives of our customers. Providing a boost to their rural rugby clubs is just one way we can thank our customers for their support over the years.”
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