Carter's undies on block for charity

Darrin West & Derek McInnes.
Darrin West & Derek McInnes.

If you fancy getting into Dan Carter's boxer shorts then a charity auction at Inglewood tomorrow is the place to be.

The All Black's undies will be a star item up for grabs at an event called the Little Fighters Mid-Winter Ball and Charity Auction.

The Little Fighters Charitable Trust was established in Inglewood about 18 months ago to provide support and assistance to families suffering as a result of a life-threatening illness.

The inspiration for the trust was Jackson West, who was born with acute myeloid leukaemia and died aged just 21 months in December 2011.

His father Darrin is a trustee.

The trust holds its first ball and charity auction in Inglewood tomorrow with celebrity auctioneer television weatherman Jim Hickey.

Chairman Derek McInnes said Carter was approached while the All Blacks were in Taranaki last week and he was happy to help.

The first-five signed boxer shorts, an All Blacks jersey and rugby balls.

"He was very generous and gracious," Mr McInnes said.

Other items up for auction include power tools, accommodation, travel and photography vouchers and art work.

He said the trust had been running on the smell of an oily rag and the ball, which had been in the planning for a long time, was a way to raise funds and the organisation's profile.

Mr West said being involved with the trust was his way of giving something back after his son's death.

"The support we received was just overwhelming, we couldn't believe it," he said.

"We have an appreciation of what these families are going through."

Stratford's Samuel Partridge, who suffers from adrenoleukodystrophy, a condition that affects the nervous system, will attend the auction.

He received an Ipod from the trust to help keep him entertained during his stay in Auckland's Starship children's hospital over Christmas. Samuel's family received petrol vouchers to help with their travel costs.

Anyone interested in attending the ball, making a donation to the trust or volunteering with the trust should visit its website -

Taranaki Daily News