In The Community
Our community is the very fabric of who #YourLanders are! We love meeting you, helping you, and contributing to what makes our region so great! Here you can check out some of the things we’ve been up to recently.
We’re proud to partner with Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, Age Concern Otago's Meals on Wheels, the Wildlife Hospital and the Dunedin City of Literature.
The Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin
The Highlanders are immensely proud supporters of The Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin. This facility is the only one of its kind, in the South Island of New Zealand. Native birds, penguins, seals and sea lions are all treated at the hospital which is fantastic in rehabilitating animals back into the wild.
|Wood Work - Dan Pryor and Tom Franklin get stuck in for the aviary build||Building Time - perhaps a career in construction for Dan Pryor, Tom Franklin and Jackson Hemopo?|
|Dinner Time - the boys get into feeding penguins some treats in recovery at Penguin Place!||Penguin Whisperer - Tom Franklin is popular with the penguins!|
|Penguin Release - The boys head down to the water line to release some penguins!||Off They Go - These lucky penguins get a Highlanders farewell from Tom Franklin, Dany Pryor and Jackson Hemopo|
Little Landers Literature Programme - The Dunedin City Of Literature
Together with The Dunedin City Of Literature we went out to six low-decile primary schoold in the Dunedin area and invited them to be a part of the pilot year for the Little Landers Literature programme designed to encourage young people to read more. Our players were directly involved with the children; reading to them, listening to the children read books and poems (some they had written themselves!) and at the end of Term 2 presenting their graduation certificates.
The pilot programme was incredibly well received and feedback from the schools involved noted the change in attitudes towards reading from the children involved, with some children carrying over their newly found confidence in reading to other parts of their learning and life in general.
The Highlanders feel privilaged to be a part of this programme and look forward to rolling it out again in 2019 with the Dunedin City of Literature.
|Book Worms -The boys and some budding young readers!||Reading Time - James Lentjes shows these kids his favourite book|
Bula Vinaka! - #YOURLanders Visit Our Fijian Supporters
|Delivering Smiles And Flags - The boys visit a Children's Hospital In Suva ; a memorable experience for all.||Patelesio with a young Highlanders fan at the Suva Children's Hospital|
|Suva School Visit - the noise from the kids showing support came close to our fans under the roof!||School Presentation - Josh, Patelesio and Tevita receive a warm Fijian welcome at a local school|
|Bula! - Josh Dickson with some local rugby fans south of Suva!||Highlanders Mania - The crowd kept coming when some of the team visited a local mall.|
Watch The Highlanders Get Involved In Wheelchair Footy
Charity Association and Requests
We are proud to partner with Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, Age Concern Otago's Meals on Wheels, the Wildlife Hospital and Dunedin City of Literature.
- Name and the community it benefits
- Date of event/fundraiser
- Contact information including email and cell number
Each month during the season, we draw out one entrant who will be contacted and asked to provide an item for the team to sign, along with a return postage paid postage bag.