New Zealand All Blacks legend Sir Michael Jones will be the special guest speaker at the Viti Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji Old Skool Ball that will be held on Friday, 20th July at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
The annual VSIAF Old Skool Ball has become a prime charity event of the year to raise awareness and funds for people living with spinal injuries.
“I am really looking forward to being at the Old Skool Ball Charity Gala,” Sir Jones said.
Famously known as the ‘Ice Man’ on the rugby pitch, Sir Jones helped New Zealand win the 1987 World Cup and many epic matches thereafter. He is regarded as one of the top three All Blacks of the 20th century alongside Sean Fitzpatrick and Colin Meads and hailed by former All Blacks coach John Hart as “almost the perfect rugby player”.
Since retiring from rugby, Jones has been heavily involved in community and social work and is a role model and inspiration throughout the Pacific.
At the Ball, Jones will present an inspiring discourse on the need to provide support for people living with spinal injuries.
He will also relate some humorous and behind-the-scenes insights of some of the famous matches and engagements he has been involved in.
Sir Jones has graciously offered his time and services to support persons with spinal injuries.
“I have heard of the great work the VSIAF are doing in Fiji and I know that many people living with spinal injuries have a very tough life and need a level of personal courage much greater than most of us could ever understand,” Sir Jones said.
“It is a privilege to do what I can to help, and try to make their loads a little lighter.”
A grateful VSIAF President Paul McGoon says the organisation is fortunate to secure Sir Jones’ support and hopes corporate bodies and entities in Fiji will do likewise for this very important event.
All profits from ticket sales and all proceeds from auctions will go to the work of the Viti Spinal Injuries Association, which will be used among other things, to facilitate services and improve the homes for people living with spinal injuries in Fiji.
The evening will also feature charity auctions as well as spectacular entertainment by Igelese Ete with his famous Pasifika Voices choir.
There will also be auction prizes including travel, accommodation, dining, and sports memorabilia including an All Blacks jersey signed and donated by Richie McCaw and other memorabilia from Eric Rush and other sporting legends.