The BNZ Crusaders will connect local schools to their upcoming Super Rugby campaign, with the launch of ‘Hellers Take a School to Footy’ in 2019.

The new fundraiser ticket will help primary schools and their Parent-Teacher Associations' (PTA’s) with their fundraising objectives, with each ticket sold returning money to schools.


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BNZ Crusaders lock Luke Romano took pupils of Fendalton Open-air School through a skills session earlier this year.


BNZ Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said the initiative is a win-win for the Crusaders and local primary schools: “School children and their families represent a special fan base for the BNZ Crusaders, so we see immense value in offering them fundraising tickets to our home games in 2019, and the chance to raise money for their school. 
“Our young fans are some of the most passionate Crusaders supporters around and represent the future of our game, so it makes perfect sense for us to continue to connect with the work our schools are doing and support their important initiatives.
“We’ve opened up the Take A School To Footy initiative to all primary schools within the Crusaders region, so we hope we can also help schools from Tasman, Buller, West Coast, South Canterbury and Mid-Canterbury,” Mansbridge said.
As well as selling tickets to one of eight Crusaders home games in 2019, the schools will also receive 250 free sausages thanks to Hellers, 100 car parks at Christchurch Stadium and the opportunity to meet their Crusader heroes as part of the promotion of each home game. Alongside the match tickets, the sausages and carparks add to the overall fundraising opportunity for each PTA.
Each school also has the chance to win a signed BNZ Crusaders jersey if they are the school to sell the most tickets per capita. This will go into the ‘fundraising pot’ as well, and can be used as an auction item or raffle. 
Fendalton School PTA Secretary, Lucy Mathewson, said their school didn't hesitate when they heard about the fundraiser ticket: “We are always looking for new ways to raise funds, and aligning with a Crusaders home match is a win-win for our PTA, but also the kids and parents who enjoy getting behind our champion team.”
The initiative has been officially launched this week, and so far eight schools have already confirmed their participation. Only four schools will be allocated to each of the BNZ Crusaders home games, so schools are encouraged to get in quick to secure this opportunity for 2019.

If schools or PTA’s would like further information, please contact Doug McSweeney at the BNZ Crusaders - or 021 244 7838. If you are a parent or caregiver who thinks your school may be interested in this fundraising initiative, please feel free to pass this information on. We want to help as many schools as possible in the Crusaders region.