RSA leads LifePod Appeal charge at Eden Park
The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) has stepped up to support Sir Ray Avery’s LifePod Appeal to be held at Eden Park on Waitangi Day, 2019.
The Live Aid style concert will feature a star-studded cast including a performance by an unrevealed music icon who has never before performed in New Zealand.
The Eden Park Trust has applied to Auckland Council for resource consent to hold a concert as part of the event. The application has been publicly notified and submissions can be made through the Council’s website from today.
“When the Auckland RSA advised me that not only the Auckland branch was throwing its weight behind the appeal but also the RSA nationally, it was incredibly humbling. We owe these guys and their mates that never made it home an incredible debt of gratitude. In both world wars, per head of population, we gave more young men to the theatre of war than most countries and these comrades are still up for a fight”, says Sir Ray.
The charitable event aims to raise $4 million to produce 2,000 LifePod incubators and save the lives of one million babies. LifePods are the incubator invention of Sir Ray Avery produced at a fraction of the price of alternatives.
The oldest RSA in the country says supporting the appeal is a no-brainer, “We’re behind you every step of the way Sir Ray and we never retreat. To be able to save one child’s life is wonderful but to have a target of saving one million little lives is an initiative we didn’t have to think twice about supporting,” says Auckland RSA President Graham Gibson.
Gibson says, “We as a country have lost over 30,000 in conflict and war so I encourage Kiwis to support this and allow the young and vulnerable a chance at life. Whether it’s on the rugby field, the cricket pitch or on the battlefield, we’ve always punched above our weight as a country. These sorts of projects are few and far between so Kiwis need to band together and show support next week.”
Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner concurs, “Communities around the world have a history of coming together to respond to adversity at events such as Live Aid, Tsunami Aid and recently the One Love Manchester and Grenfell Tower charity events. This is New Zealand’s opportunity to showcase our generosity to the globe while celebrating everything Kiwi on our national day.”
Both Eden Park and Sir Ray Avery encourage Kiwis to file a submission of support online via the Auckland Council website and any residents with concerns about the LifePod Appeal should contact the stadium on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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