Bledisloe bidding raises charity cash

Bledisloe bidding raises charity cash

IT firms were well represented at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, recently, when a recruitment and training company, ASK Solutions, held a Bledisloe Cup Luncheon to raise money for the rugby union Player Welfare Fund.

A sea of tables seating 920 people included represent­atives from a wealth of IT companies such as channel players Tech Pacific, Alloys, LAN Systems, Dimension Data and Logical as well as vendors like Minolta-QMS, Cisco, IBM, EMC and Veritas.

An auction of sporting memorabilia — which featured a boxing glove signed by no less than nine heavyweight champions, signed 2003 Wallabies and All Blacks shirts, a cricket bat signed by Australian captains from the past 70 years and a trip to New Zealand to see Australia take on the Kiwis — played a significant part in raising $60,000 for the Player Welfare Fund.

ASK business development manager and former Wallabies captain, Phil Kearns, acted as master of ceremonies while former All Black, Eric Rush, delivered a hilarious speech detailing his rise to the Test ranks.

Former Wallabies star and Channel 7 commentator, Chris “Buddah” Handy, gave an impassioned address on the history of Bledisloe Cup clashes and told a captive audience why Australia could beat the All Blacks the following evening. Unfortunately, his optimism counted for nothing as the All Blacks ran out 50-21 winners.

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