Kicking off for stadium funds

22:36, Jul 03 2014
 Jimmy Cowan
TEAM EFFORT: Cormac Buchanan, 7, showed off his kicking skills to former All Black and Southland Stag Jimmy Cowan.

Rugby fan Cormac Buchanan, 7, showed off his kicking skills to former All Black and Southland Stag Jimmy Cowan yesterday.

Cowan has just returned to Southland after playing with Gloucester in the English rugby premiership for two seasons.

Many school children in the region will be dressing up as their favourite sporting star today as part of Southland's biggest mufti day to raise funds for Stadium Southland's ''Rattle the Tin'' campaign.

Stadium bosses also urged school children to have fun designing tins and paint them with their favourite sports stars or entertainers. 

Workplaces in the community will also be taking part in the mufti day.

The Stadium Trust has calculated it still needs $5 million ''to get across the line'' and is asking businesses and individuals from throughout Southland to help make up the shortfall.

It accepted Prime Minister John Key's challenge that if ''local tins were rattled'', the Government would be prepared to chip in.

ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said the mufti day was a great way to get the whole community involved and recognise how important sport and entertainment are to everyone in the region. 

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