All Black and Blues star Keven Mealamu has again proved he is far more than just a rough rugby player, having lent his creative talents to illustrating a children's book for charity.
The proceeds from the book, filled with the creative writing of young Aucklanders, are destined to help sick children at Starship Children's Hospital.
The Miracle at Gulls' Bay and Six More Super Stories is a compilation of the winning entries from the Young Authors Challenge, run by real estate company Barfoot and Thompson.
The seven winning tales were chosen out of more than 340 entries authored by children aged from five to 12, from primary and intermediate schools in Auckland and Northland.
Holly Fisher, 10, from Remuera Primary wrote the story that was named supreme winner - The Miracle at Gulls' Bay - which tells a story about recycling from the perspective of a seagull.
Peter Thompson, managing director of Barfoot and Thompson, said having Mealamu on board was "exciting".
"Many of the finishing touches to the illustrations, for what is now his fifth book, were added during brief breaks from the field this season," he said.
The past five story books have helped the company raise $120,000 for the Starship Foundation. The books can be bought from the company's website.
The book also includes:
- Rangi and Sephira by Bayfield Primary School's Gifted and Talented Writers Group
- An Un-named Friend by Emelie Fitness from Northcross Intermediate
- Rumour Has It... by Grace Michie, Amanda Chong and Ocean Kaa from Pukekohe Intermediate
- Don't Eat the Bacon by Room 19 from Somerville Intermediate
- Slow Joe and Fast Freddy by Isabelle Cooper from Don Buck School
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