Last night three Highlanders players joined 35 CanTeen members and volunteers on a very special guided tour of Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Telusa Veainu, Kenny Lynn and Siale Piutau joined the group of CanTeen Otago and Southland members as they toured the changing rooms, the warm up areas, and walked through the players tunnel onto the world’s first turf grown under a fixed roof. For many of the CanTeen members, this was their first time experiencing New Zealand’s newest Stadium, and it was also the first time the players viewed the venue in its entirety- visiting the media areas, the member lounges and the coaches’ boxes.
The group stopped at the Otago Daily Times Stand to throw the ball around with their Highlanders idols, giving them the opportunity to put them through their paces.
Following the tour, the CanTeen members and volunteers had the chance to take photos with the players, get their autographs and ask any questions they had both about the Stadium and the Highlanders season.
“I enjoyed the tour thoroughly. It’s always good to do something different and to meet these kids from CanTeen, when you know what they’ve been through – it gives you a different perspective on life.” Siale Piutau, the Highlanders and Tongan centre said after the tour.
One of the CanTeen members added: “It was a good experience. It was great fun to hang out with the players. There was a pretty cool view from the TV box.”
CanTeen was established to ensure that no young person in New Zealand living with cancer should ever feel alone. CanTeen is the only New Zealand organisation dedicated to supporting 13-24 year-olds living with cancer as a patient, sibling or bereaved sibling by facilitating peer and professional support, as well as educational and recreational programmes.