A host of celebrity sporting legends were in attendance at the annual Child Cancer Foundation Champions Luncheon in Auckland. The team at Hotel were in attendance thanks to Slumberzone, a long-standing supporter of the Child Cancer Foundation.
Conceptualised by businessman Ian Klinac, the luncheon saw several All Blacks, Silver Ferns, and Black Sticks stars in attendance, including Wayne "Buck" Shelford and The Crowd Goes Wild's Andrew Mulligan. The event took place on the eve of the All Blacks vs. Wallabies test match.
The luncheon was based on the Wellington Champions Luncheon which is now in its 22nd year and has raised in excess of $1 million for the Child Cancer Foundation.
Slumberzone have been involved with the Child Cancer Foundation for two years. "Child Cancer Foundation got in touch with us in 2017 when they required a comfortable bed for a child," explained general manager Vikram Nagpal.
"We organised a meeting with them and understood their concept and hardships. Apart from giving free beds for children as and when required, we decided to auction a luxury bed every Valentine's Day with proceeds going to Child Cancer Foundation."
In 2018, Child Cancer Foundation invited Slumberzone to become a Platinum Sponsor alongside PAK'nSAVE, Honda, New Zealand Couriers, Barter Card, China Southern Airlines, Stonewood Homes, Multi-Media, and ELE Group. At the Champions Luncheons, Slumberzone came out with a surprise presentation of a personalised bed for former All Black Josh Kronfeld for his contribution to the game.
Auckland guests were able to bid on a range of unique items and experiences, including a seven-night stay at Six Sense Resort in Fiji and package trips to the Bay of Islands and Hawkes Bay. Silent auctions and raffles also took place through the day.
In total, $151,060 was raised for the Child Cancer Foundation, which was established in 1978 to support Kiwi children diagnosed with cancer. Today, the foundation provides personalised practical, financial, and social support to children and their loved ones.
The Child Cancer Foundation does not receive any government funding and relies entirely on donations so that it can continue to provide meaningful support to families when they need it most.
For more information, visit www.childcancer.org.nz.
Huge thank you to the team at Slumberzone and your ongoing support.