From left, players Luteru Tolai and Dillon Hunt, Eddie Uini of Orange Sky, and players Jacob Pierce and Karl Tu’inukuafe.
What’s black, maroon and orange all over? Answer: A North Harbour Rugby Union partnership with charity Orange Sky. to help homeless Kiwis with warm showers and clean clothes.
Eddie Uini, of Orange Sky, drives around in a van with two washing machines, two dryers and a hot shower in the back. looking out for people sleeping rough who could use some help.
Thanks to a cash donation from Harbour Rugby and QBE Insurance, Eddie has been able to buy a second van, based in Wellington. This season, Harbour Rugby is also going to host a home match in October as a fundraiser to coincide with World Homelessness Day.
From July 28, Harbour’s jerseys will also feature the Orange Sky logo.
In addition, Harbour Rugby chief executive David Gibson says players plan to help out with volunteering, fundraising and raising awareness in the community.
According to Orange Sky, 41,600 Kiwis sleep on the street on any given night. Eddie is able to provide 1700 loads of clean washing per van, per year.