Phoenix player's kind donation
Paul Ifill is auctioning the shirt off his back for Cure Kids charity.
Ifill's home uniform from the Wellington Phoenix's 2011-12 season is up for grabs on Trade Me, with all profits going to Cure Kids.
Cure Kids is a charitable trust that contributes to researching illnesses affecting children.
The auction closes on August 19. The current bid is $500.
Ifill scored five goals in the shirt, and he said he has made sure to wash it.
Ifill's real estate agent fiancee Elle Isaac will also donate to Cure Kids, gifting $1000 to the charity for each property listed through her at Re/Max leaders.
'It is nice to show people there can be a positive aspect to real estate agents' work,' she said.
The Red Nose Day for Cure Kids is a fundraiser for medical research, and to raise for children living with illnesses.
Ifill and Isaac became ambassadors for Cure Kids shortly after arriving in New Zealand three years ago, following the death of Isaac's one-year-old cousin, George, in Britain.
The couple said they were warmly welcomed to this country, and wished to give back to the community.
Ifill and Isaac each gained residency visas recently, and said they planned to stay in New Zealand indefinitely, regardless of Ifill's two-year contract.
'It's a really fantastic charity to be involved with,' Isaac said. 'We also wanted to help [George's] family back home, and on the other side of the world we still wanted to do our bit.'
Ifill said being a well-known sports figure made it easier to raise awareness and money for charities such as Cure Kids. "It feels really good to be able to give a little bit back.'
The striker travels to India with the Phoenix on Friday for a three match pre-season series.
- The Wellingtonian