Twickenham @ The Bach Supports Cure Kids

Twickenham @ The Bach Supports Cure Kids
We all know the power of a song to inspire, to motivate and to unite teams, communities and nations. There has been a wealth of songs experienced, and sung by rugby supporters as they have progressed through the games for the Rugby World Cup 2015. For those of us unfamiliar with the Rugby World Cup - it is a men's rugby union tournament held on a 4-year cycle between the best of the best international teams. The inaugural tournament was held in 1987 and was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. There will be no ‘co-hosting’ this coming Saturday as New Zealand (the All Blacks) meets up with Australia (the Wallabies) in the final of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Two great teams and arch rivals will be taking the field. A great game is guaranteed, closely contested between outstandingly talented sportsmen - but after 80 minutes of play, one team will leave the field facing going into Sunday ‘in mourning’ alongside their supporters who are spread wide and deep within our global village. As a former rugby player and coach, I predict that the All Blacks will prevail on the day – a prediction not biased because I am an ex-pat Kiwi (a nickname for New Zealanders) – it is based on the fact that the Wallabies will be starting the game at a real disadvantage! The All Blacks have already put ‘points on the board’ by ‘playing’ in the creation and production of a song. Released last month for their supporters, “Team Ball Player Thing” is a song that has the power to motivate whilst doing good - raising funds for one of the All Blacks’ official charities, Cure Kids. Internationally recognized Kiwi Celebrities - athletes, musicians, comedians, scientists - sat round a table with a group of Kiwi 6-year-olds to create a song “for the kids, by the kids.” In addition to being a supporters’ song to back the All Blacks, “Team Ball Player Thing” serves a dual purpose as being also a song to inspire, motivate and unite supporters of Cure Kids to raise funds for the fight against Batten Disease – a fatal neurodegenerative disease that begins in childhood. The song’s lyrics are crafted from comments made by the Kiwi Kids, with the song’s title coming from a young Kiwi’s winning game plan for the All Blacks: they “should just pass to the other team, ball, player… thing.” The Game of creating the song was fun for all as they became immersed in the ‘playbook’ – described as “Just so many good moments and hilarious lyrics to sing, and it was quite funny sitting there trying to stay serious singing about unicorns and laser beams.” “Team Ball Player Thing” had a win the first day/time out on the ‘field of play’ by trending on Twitter and reaching the top spot on iTunes! Kia Ora Koutou Wallabies – the Kiwi Kids Karma will be on the All Blacks’ shoulders during their Haka on Saturday and for the full 80 minutes of The Game! - and my condolences in advance for Sunday. P.S For our local ‘rugby’ supporters’ community – An Invitation: Kia Ora Koutou - Greetings local Kiwis, friends of Aotearoa New Zealand, and fellow rugby supporters especially those of Los Pumas, the Springboks - and the Wallabies! A warm invitation to drop by the Bach to watch and experience: • One of New Zealand’s ‘edges’ at work on one of Rugby’s hallowed turfs – Twickenham and • Good olde fashioned Kiwi hospitality! The Bach flies our New Zealand flag. Great Kiwi Kai Burgers will be served cooked on none other than – you guessed it – a Fisher & Paykel Cooktop! The ‘Boardroom’ Bar will be open (BYO please), sodas, coffee, tea, available - and water drawn directly from a well head drilled deep enough to, of course, find the 100% Pure type of stuff. Feel like joining us at the Bach? - Tumeke! – drop the Kiwi an email or message through LinkedIn and he’ll make sure you have directions to find the Bach with or without a GPS. Here’s to a great game and to a fitting end to what has been a wonderful World Cup 2015. ‘Pre-Match’ preparation – 1. “Team Ball Player Thing” “Our” song will be played as we warm-up for The Game. Supporters can download our supporter’s official song for free if you make a donation at www.kiwiscurebatten.com or by purchasing the song for $2.49 through iTunes. 2. For supporters intending to drop by the Bach, a ‘little something’ for “Cure Kids”, forwarded direct beforehand, would be most appreciated – thank you! For our extended family and friends who can’t join us and who represent so many of the countries that have contributed to such a memorable World Cup – a donation would be great to “Cure Kids” in lieu of the fun I would love to have with you whilst watching the game together. There are times when distance sucks – and this one such time. Thanks heaps! Cheers, John Notes 1. CURE KIDS- Child Health Research Fund The Child Health Research Fund was established by Rotary in 1971 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Rotary in New Zealand. http://www.rotary.org.nz/ Today the Foundation’s public face is known as "Cure Kids.” With the ongoing support of Rotary, new initiatives are continually being developed to raise funds for medical research into children’s life-threatening illnesses. To date over $13 million has been directed into research and some world-first breakthroughs have been achieved. 2. Cure Kids also utilizes #donate, an innovative new technology from US-based, Kiwi-led company GoodWorld, to allow supporters to contribute directly to #KiwisCureBatten on Facebook and Twitter simply with the use of a hashtag. GoodWorld was founded by Invercargill, New Zealand native, Dale Pfeifer. 3. The BACH is a unique small cottage - ‘slice of New Zealand’ - nestled in Alton Bay’s woodlands, New Hampshire, USA - a Retreat used to re-set personal and business North Star Compasses and incubate new ones! - especially within the arena of Crowdfunding.
Attend

Time & Date

Saturday, 31 October 2015, 09:45 AM - Wednesday, 30 November -0001, 12:00 AM

Location

The Bach
Alton Bay
New Hampshire

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Cost

A donation in support of “Cure Kids,would be welcomed - ” the official charity of the NZ All Blacks, helping research in childhood disease and health, in New Zealand, the USA and across the globe. http://www.curekids.org.nz/