Toko game for charity

The Mellowpuff Trust will hold its annual charity rugby match at Toko on Sunday.

The match, which starts at noon, will feature former Taranaki captain Willie Rickards, Tukapa senior coach Kelvin McDowell and Spotswood United captain Matt Goodwin and his father, Mark, turning out for the trust against Toko.

"A lot of our team is made up of players who have been through adversity themselves," trust spokesman Terry Long said.

"We've got a sprinkling of old guys and young guys, really."

The Stratford women's team will play a curtain-raiser and there will also be a charity auction after the game.

"The [Toko] community has banded around and have got a few special things planned as well," Long said. "We're a Taranaki trust, so it's important we get to all parts of Taranaki."

The trust was set up by Long and his wife, Tanya, after the death of their 17-year-old daughter, Melissa, from leukaemia almost seven years ago.

Its annual golf day raised $18,000 this month. A basketball match has also been organised as a curtain-raiser to a Taranaki Mountain Airs game in May.

Taranaki Daily News