In The Community
We’re proud to partner with the Stonelake Foundation as the Highlanders Official Charity Partner to provide unique opportunities for local charities and community groups to raise funds and awareness. Check out the groups we partnered with in 2019 thanks to Justin and Eteri Stonelake and the Stonelake Foundation.
If you would like to learn more about the organisations or donate, please click on the logos below.
Any New Zealand charity/organisation may apply to be the official game day charity at an upcoming Highlanders home game.
The chosen charity will have the opportunity to:
- Raise funds at the game through donation buckets and selling match day team sheets (by way of gold coin donation);
- Receive $1 of every ticket sold, using a specially created promo code;
- Raise awareness of their charity/organisation via social media platforms and on game day big screens;
- In addition, the Stonelake Foundation will contribute $1,000 to the chosen charity/organisation for every home game.
- There is an expectation that the chosen charity/organisation will provide volunteers to gather collections at the game.
- The charity/organisation is required to provide digital/creative assets two weeks prior to game day (see details here).
- Within 14 days after the game, provide an update of outcomes and feedback from this initiative.
To learn more about the application process please head to the Stonelake Foundation's website.
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.
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 partnered with six low-decile primary schoold in the Dunedin area for the second year of our 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 programme, presenting their graduation certificates.
The 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 thank the Dunedin City of Literature for helping us to make this happen.
|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.|