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Anticipation is building at Dingwall for the big game this weekend! Children and caregivers will be cheering long and loud for a Blues win in the Trans Tasman Super Rugby competition. Especially after they made a special trip to treat the tamariki and rangatahi here recently.

Dingwall has one of our caregiving team’s brother Jefferson to thank for the VIP treatment tamariki, rangatahi and staff received. Jeff is a big Blues fan and won a Barfoot and Thompson competition to hang out with three Blues Super Rugby players. He unselfishly chose to share that prize with Dingwall Trust so Josh Goodhue, T.J. Faiane, and Zarn Sullivan arrived to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

The event grew in size and organisers turned up with a hospitality trailer and goodies galore for everyone, including food and merchandise. Everyone had a fantastic time kicking and throwing a ball around with the players, while getting signatures and selfies.

Even Blues CEO Andrew Hore and Barfoot & Thompson managing director Peter Thompson came out to Dingwall and got involved. Senior caregiver Chris Kelly was able to let the team know what a fan base they have at Dingwall and how much their visit meant.

Residential manager Nic Dunlop thanked Jeff, Barfoots and the Blues for a wonderful evening. She said Andrew Hore and Barfoot staff asked her to pass on that they all had a fantastic time too and were very impressed by the character and behaviour of tamariki and rangatahi.

Dingwall also received free tickets for the Blues’ game on Saturday at Eden Park. Go the Blues!