I have found the Rugby Foundation a great support over years. I have lead an active, sporting life and been involved in Rugby. Over the years I have gone to the Foundation for items of disability that ACC won¹t cover such as:
A wheelchair rugby frame
Electric Handcycle (with a possible replacement)
Training workshop in Australia
Tickets to rugby games negotiated and supplied by NZRFU have been important to me. For years I paid for Waikato Rugby and tests outside of Auckland. I have gone to a lot of Rugby over the years. I hope NZRF can make contact if I can go to World Cup next year. I have gone to a lot of games - thanks! NZRF have offered help with ACC which I haven¹t needed yet but may need soon.
I am talking with NZRF about future building of a new house, a Project to research, map and document Rail Trails and tracks for hand cycles and chairs along with a possible business opportunity. Their support of organisations like wheelchair rugby has helped me indirectly.
I think a big push in last few years by Foundation has made it so much better than the feeling of being 'left out' and a forgotten member of the rugby community. The networking opportunities with other injured guys and social opportunity to be at luncheons, 7¹s and test get-togethers has been great along with being recognised and gifted to at Xmas is wonderfully important at feeling included.
NZ Rugby Foundation
Sport Auckland House Level 4, Alexandra Park Function Centre, Gate B, Greenlane Road West, Epsom, Auckland