Children's hospital to benefit from players' fundraising

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The Wellington Children's Hospital will receive $7000 after a dedicated fundraising effort by the Wellington Lions squad.

Each year the Wellington Lions Mitre 10 Cup squad form four mini teams and are set challenges for the season.

This season the players decided to try and raise money for the side's charity partner, The Wellington Children's Hospital.

Through their interaction with the staff and patients at the hospital, the players spent a large number of hours coming up with fundraising plans to raise as much money as they could from an initial outlay of $200.

That included running a number raffles with the players coming up with their own prizes, including lunch with the squad at The Green Man.

The winning mini team, which raised $3630, set up an online raffle while others teams opted to invite people to come and work out at a cross-fit session while they had a collection on the door.

Senior Lions player Galu Taufale was part of the mini team which topped the fundraising and he has taken a leading role in the fundraising and working with hospital staff to find out exactly where the money will be used.

He said the players had also chosen where some of the money would be used, including on a new vein illumination machine.