Rugby lads game for any work
The Marlborough Boys' College First XV rugby team no longer needs job offers following an overwhelming response from the community to their fundraising efforts.
The team needs about $25,000 in just over a week to get to Dunedin for the South Island final on Sunday against Otago Boys' High School.
On Friday the players offered their services to people or businesses willing to pay them for work.
Since then, more than $20,000 has been raised and team coach Gray Cornelius said that meant they no longer needed work offers.
As well as donations, the team had been inundated with job offers during the past few days, Mr Cornelius said.
With the trip able to go ahead, the players were able to focus on preparing for their big clash against Otago Boys.
The winner of Sunday's match, which is the curtain-raiser to the NPC and Ranfurly Shield encounter between Otago and Hawke's Bay, goes through to the national top four competition next month.
The history-making Marlborough Boys' College 1st XV rugby team need your support.
As well as lifting the Press Cup for the first time, the Crusaders Region Secondary Schools champions won a place in next weekend's South Island final against the top team from the Highlanders region. That will be decided tomorrow when Otago Boys' High take on Southland Boys' High.
The prize for the victorious team in the South Island final is huge - a spot in the national top-four competition in Rotorua. However, next weekend's match will be hosted in either Dunedin or Invercargill and the NZ King Salmon MBC need your help.
The team's dedicated group of fundraisers had budgeted for the game to be played in Christchurch, so getting the team further south has presented a challenge. To prevent a long bus trip and get the players to Dunedin or Invercargill in the best possible shape mentally and physically, the team hope to fly, bringing the estimated cost for the entire trip to $25,000.
Marlborough Boys' coach Gray Cornelius said the team were very grateful for the support they had received already and hoped people would contribute in any way they can.
"This team operates under the generosity of the community and sponsorship, and although it represents the school, it has to come up with all its funds independently . . . the team has had extremely generous support from local sponsors and businesses throughout the year, but this extra cost wasn't originally budgeted for, so the team is in full-on fundraising mode as well as in preparation for next weekend."
Several ways to raise money have been devised.
The first is an initiative of the Marlborough College Old Boys Association and Marlborough College Charitable Foundation. A special 2013 MBC Press Cup jersey is being created and those who contribute $1000 or more will receive one of these limited-edition jerseys.
As well, the players are offering their services as workers. Mr Cornelius said his team offered a wide range of skills.
"We will do manual labour, cleaning, mowing lawns, vineyard work.
"The team will even offer the services of captain Atu Moli as a piano mover, fellow prop Bevan Moody as a rocket scientist or vice-captain Adam Smith as a chimney sweep."
Those not able to buy a jersey or employ a player can help by way of a donation, which can be made at ASB Bank or to the MBC office. Calendars commemorating the 2013 MBC team are also being produced.
GET YOUR JERSEY
Anyone interested in buying a limited-edition MBC jersey can contact Domenic Romano on 021 323 759 or Ross Anderson on 021 70 9579.
All other inquiries can be made to fundraising committee member Vicki Harrison-Jones on 021 767 482.
Make a donation
Account name: MBC 1st XV Travel Fund.
Account number: 123167 0075120 00
- The Marlborough Express