Signature tune in Te Atatu
Rikki Faint's at it again.
The Te Atatu resident made headlines last year when he collected 220 All Blacks signatures on his Toyota Corona to sell for Child Cancer New Zealand.
Now he's on a mission to do it again. But this time he wants to get 500 All Blacks signatures on his 1994 Honda Accord.
All proceeds made from selling the car will go to Child Cancer New Zealand.
The death of former All Black and NZRU chairman oJock Hobbs from leukaemia in March motivated Mr Faint to do it again.
The Accord is dedicated to the rugby legend and even has his signature on it.
Mr Faint approached Mr Hobbs' widow Nicky about acquiring the number plate "Hobbs" for the car.
"Rikki rang me up and said that the number plate was available to purchase and I said it was OK," she says.
"The more exposure he gets the better. He's got a lot of positive energy and is putting in an amazing effort."
Last year Mr Faint sold his 1992 Toyota Corona signed by the All Blacks for $5500 to a couple in Hawkes Bay, donating the lot to charity.
Mr Faint's almost at 200 signatures so far on his latest crusade and hopes to sell the car to a museum this time around.
"I'm looking to get tracings of some players' hands and feet this time."
This includes Dan Carter's foot on the driver's door panel and Richie McCaw's hands.
He already has "The Needle" Sir Fred Allen's signature on the fuel cap.
"That's the sacred spot. `Needle' never lost a game as All Blacks coach so it's for him."
There's no questioning Mr Faint's determination. He drives the Honda all over the country fishing for signatures. His job as a sales rep gives him the freedom to base his work around where the All Blacks will be.
He drops round to pay former All Blacks a visit to get their signatures and he waits for the current squad in hotel lobbies until they emerge to get them to sign.
"Once I waited for 1981 All Black Hayden Rickit for four hours at a gas station," Mr Faint says.
"There was a bit of a mix-up with the time but I didn't mind."
Former All Black flanker Michael Jones is a good friend of Mr Faint's and has also signed the car.
"You've got to love the guy," Mr Jones says. "He does wonderful things for charity, I take my hat off to him."
But Mr Faint's humble about the whole affair. "I love helping people, especially the kids. I'm just putting back into rugby what rugby has given to me."
- Western Leader
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