October 30, 2015
Iconic Queenstown Jet boat operator KJet raised $625 for New Zealand charity Cure Kids at a Rugby World Cup-inspired event today. Kick for Cure Kids, a special one-off event to celebrate the Rugby World Cup final, took place at the Main Town Pier in central Queenstown today and attracted at least 200 people.
A KJet boat, painted in black in support of the All Blacks, was positioned on the beach with the roll bar and blow-up tubes forming a goal post for people to kick a rugby ball over.
Punters gave a gold coin donation to take part to support the cause and to have the chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. Collections from a sausage sizzle also helped add to the total for Cure Kids.
“For something that was a spontaneous idea and organised in a relatively short space of time, we are thrilled with the turn-out. People thought it was a cool idea and a great way to celebrate the Rugby World Cup as well as supporting a worthy cause,” KJet sales and marketing executive Ciara O’Toole says.
“KJet has supported Cure Kids since 2005 and we are passionate about extending our help beyond the two key fundraising events Cure Kids holds each year – Ticket to Hope and the $10 Challenge. We’re also avid rugby fans and want to see the All Blacks win this weekend!
“We’d also like to thank local businesses Novotel, Southern Discoveries, AJ Hackett Bungy, Queenstown Paraflights, Cookie Time Queenstown, The London and Brazz for their generosity in donating prizes.”
Cure Kids’ development director Tessa Tierney says: “We are so fortunate to have an amazing partner like KJet; they have supported us for over 10 years and we are incredibly grateful for their efforts to bring the Queenstown community together to support Cure Kids. Every dollar raised helps us to fund vital medical research that aims to improve and extend the lives of Kiwi kids living with serious illness. Thank you so much to everyone who generously gave their support to Kick for Cure Kids.”