Bidding has closed for football fans wanting to support the Wellington Phoenix initiative to raise funds for I AM HOPE by auctioning shirts worn in the side’s 4-1 win against Macarthur FC.
The club wore specially-designed strip for the match, and players have signed their shirts for the auction on Trade Me.
The auctions for various shirts closed during the afternoon of Monday November 14 after bidding had pushed up the value of the shirts.
After early bids, the shirt of captain and goalkeeper Oli Sail led the way with would-be buyers offering more than $700, while Ben Waine’s shirt had nudged the $750 mark.
The net proceeds will go to I AM HOPE and Gumboot Friday.
I AM HOPE aims to promote positive attitudinal societal change around mental health throughout New Zealand, offering hope and a voice to young people.
Funds raised will be used to connect kids with mental health counsellors and practitioners in their region or online, so they can get timely support, without the added stress of how to pay the bill.
Why the Phoenix support I AM HOPE
“Mental health is Aotearoa’s number one social issue and something the club takes very seriously,” Phoenix general manager David Dome said.
“Everyone knows someone who is dealing with mental health issues and the young men and women at the Phoenix are no different.
“That’s why we want to support I AM HOPE and their annual Gumboot Friday appeal to help normalise talk about mental health and raise funds for the great work they do in helping young New Zealanders.”
Paladin Sports designed the one-off strip.
Fans can also support the appeal by texting ‘boots’ to 469 to automatically donate $3.