NZ Rugby Foundation
The New Zealand Rugby Foundation is an independent charitable trust providing assistance to seriously injured rugby players, their families and providing assistance in other areas of need within New Zealand Rugby. To make a real difference to the quality of life of the affected people we rely on your generosity. Please click here to find out about the donation options >>
Some of the projects we have helped with include:
NZ Spinal Trust Rehabilitation Garden
By providing funding for the rehabilitation garden at the Burwood Spinal Unit in Christchurch, The Rugby Foundation has created a peaceful retreat for patients and visiting family to spend time during their term of hospitalisation. A similar project is planned for the Auckland Spinal Unit at Otara. Work on projects like these is one way that rugby, our national game, can contribute to wider community needs.
Vehicles and Computers
Five of our rugby tetraplegics have never received state funded assistance because they were injured prior to ACC. We helped by purchasing modified vehicles for them.
We have also purchased numerous laptops, desktops, and associated componentry for our injured players. This is in keeping with our objective of empowering our players to obtain additional qualifications and test themselves.
We conduct regular needs assessment interviews with our injured players. Often our players identify issues around the family home that need attending to. We then source quotes for undertaking the work and fund it accordingly.
We have provided support to injured players families by funding boarding fees for secondary school.
National Provincial Wheel Chair Rugby Championships
The Foundation partially funds the National Provincial Wheel Chair Rugby Championship and also the highly successful Wheel Blacks in their preparation for international events.
Our support enables rugby tetraplegics to attend Reactive NZ. This is a specific physiotherapy centre for S.C.I rehabilitation, which is not funded by ACC.
NZ Areas Schools Rugby
Each year the Foundation runs the NZ Area Schools programme. This involves selecting and funding the NZ Areas Schools representative side who play a number of matches each year. In order to be eligible players must attend Area Schools which are in remote rural areas throughout NZ. It gives young men a chance to shine on the big stage which would otherwise not be open to them. A number of former Areas Schools players have gone on to higher representative honours including NZ 7?s, Super 14, Air NZ Cup and Provincial Academies.
NZI 7’s – Wellington
In 2009 and 2011 the Foundation took 25 seriously injured players and their caregivers to the 7’s. A truly unique event, it was a wonderful reunion for the guys, many of whom had not seen each other in 20 years. We intend on repeating this exercise every couple years.