Let's celebrate Southland with a Purple Work Shirt Day
The Southland Times and Rugby Southland are coming together this week to hold a purple work shirt day, and we're asking you to take part too.
On the back of the roaring success of the Stags' The Southern Dream song that features everything Southland in it that you could name, from cheese rolls, gumboots, Foveaux Strait, Speight's and mates, we think it's time as a region we stand together.
If we're not proud of the place we live in, then why are we here? Remember, if we don't take care of our reputation, someone else will.
We know we live in a great region. So, let's have fun. Embrace our rolling Rs, because no-one else has them, celebrate that we are known for being friendly and going above and beyond to help out friends in need.
We're inviting everyone on Thursday, the Stags' first home game of the season, to wear a bit of purple and, in the spirit of giving, to donate money to the Ronald McDonald House on the day, via southlandtimes.co.nz and rugbysouthland.co.nz
Rugby Southland general manager Andrew Moreton says the concept of the Stags song was initially made to capture Stags followers but it's been embraced by a lot of the province and beyond.
"We are really happy to be involved with Ronald McDonald House where we can assist not only to help them to raise need funds but somewhere our players can provide tangible support and interaction with the families involved.
"The purple work shirt concept is just another great way Southlanders can show again the benefits of true collaboration and Rugby Southland are proud to be part of this idea," Moreton says.
So, as Southland lad Jason Kerrison sings "... let's put on our purple work shirts".
Are you in?
- Southern region editor, Natasha Holland