The Blues, in partnership with Barfoot & Thompson, are backing Starship Foundation this year.
The team, who kick off their Investec SuperRugby campaign at home on Saturday, will carry Starship branding on the back of their jerseys this season.
It is part of the team’s support for the organisation and facilitated by the Blues’ foundation sponsor, Barfoot &Thompson which is also a Five Star Sponsor of Starship.
The new partnership was announced today with Starship children presenting each of the starting line-up for the Blues with their new jerseys.
“The Blues are really pleased to be backingStarship which does such a wonderful and important role in our community,” said Blues legend Keven Mealamu, who is also Barfoot & Thompson’s Ambassador for Starship.
“Many of the Blues players have families and appreciate that the health and welfare of our children is our number one priority.
“Starship needs all the support they can get to carry on this vital work for the betterment of our children.
“At the same time it is an inspirational moment for our younger players who are privileged to play sport for a living while these kids are battling life threatening illness and disease.”
Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot and Thompson says, “We are proud to share the space on the back of the Blues jersey with such a great charity as Starship, Both the Blues and Starship are close to our hearts, so this is a wonderful collaboration.”
Starship Foundation Chief Executive Brad Clark says, “The Starship Foundation is delighted to be the official charity partner of The Blues for the 2015 season. We are so appreciative of our Five Star Partner, Barfoot & Thompson, for introducing this opportunity to us. “With more than 120,000 patient visits to Starship each year from around New Zealand, we look forward to providing some of our young patients, their families and hospital staff with very special Blues’ experiences.”
The Blues meet the Chiefs at QBE Stadium inNorth Harbour in their first game of the Investec Super Rugby on Saturday at7.35pm.