Yesterday, New Zealand Vodafone Warriors Manu Vatuvei, Charlie Gubb, Tuimoala Lolohea and David Fusitua turned up in their Warriors’ onesies to celebrate the last day of the successful campaign Jammies in June for Kidz First at Middlemore Hospital.
The campaign collected new flannelette PJs and donations for the hospital. About 320 children were admitted to Kidz First in January, but that is predicted to increase to more than 700 in August.
Children are admitted to hospital due to preventable illnesses such as Acute Rheumatic Fever, a disease usually only found in third world countries, but is actually quite prevalent in Counties Manukau.
Vatuvei told Spy “I love being an ambassador for Jammies in June. It’s a great campaign and keeping kids warm in winter and out of hospitals is such a good cause.”
The Middlemore Foundation posted on their Instagram: "Thanks for coming out to Kidz First Children’s Hospital fam! It was a real treat for kids in hospital to get together and have a PJ party with such a humble bunch".
Flava FM DJs Sela Alo and Tarsh Ieremia crashed the party in onesies too, telling Spy:“Tarsh and I are thrilled to help out Manu and the Warriors with Jammies in June. We don’t often crash PJ parties but when we do, it’s for a great cause! We hope the kids had as much fun as we did.” said Alo.
Manu also made a video congratulating one lucky winner on their prize of a Warriors onesie signed by the Beast himself.