The Blues took time out of their hectic pre-season training schedule to roll up their sleeves and spread some Christmas cheer in West Auckland yesterday.
Alongside Placemakers (Westgate), Jim’s Mowing, More FM, Milo and Hirepool the squad descended on the Ranui Community Garden to provide some man power for the small group of volunteers that run the garden.
Needing a bit of a makeover, the players got stuck in building new planter boxes, tidying up paths, planting and painting fences.
Local residents were even treated to players giving their front lawn a free mow thanks to Bernie McCahill and his team from Jim’s Mowing.
Special thanks must also go to Neil Killgour and his team of experts from Placemakers Westgate who so generously donated the building materials to the event and for their guidance on several of the building projects.
“This is a special time of year. It’s a time to show thanks and goodwill to our neighbours, family and friends ñ the people in our community. The volunteers who work extremely hard in this neighbourhood deserve a boost of support and that’s what we’re here for,” said Blues coach Sir John Kirwan.
“Teaming up with members from our family of sponsors and past players such as Bernie coming along today is a fantastic way for the wider Blues family to say thank you to people in our community who already do so much for others,” Kirwan said.
Loads of special plants and trees requested for the garden will be donated by the Blues, as well as planted by the players and staff.
The local children were also entertained with a Christmas card making station and face painters. A visit from Santa also saw everyone receive some early Christmas presents.