Ian Klinac attended a charity luncheon in Auckland on Friday 22nd June 1984 prior to an All Black test match against France. The event was a fundraiser for the Condor Rugby Club with many former All Blacks in attendance. The event impressed Ian so much that he was determined to run a similar event in Wellington prior to an All Black fixture.
On the 24th of July 1998 prior to the All Blacks playing South Africa in Wellington Ian's dream came true and the Champions Charity Luncheon was born.
The event raised funds for Ronald McDonald House Wellington and was attended by special guests Sean Fitzpatrick, Frank Bunce, Bruce Robertson, Sir Colin Meads, David Howman and Phil Gifford with Ric Solizzo as chat show host.
Since then Child Cancer Foundation have become the recipent Charity of the Champions Luncheon.
The 19th Luncheon took plae on August 26th 2016 and was a record breaking year, with 450 in attendance we raised $165,000, a RECORD breaking amount.
After 19 years the Champions Charity Luncheon will celebrate its 20th Platinum Anniversary on Friday 30th June 2017 prior to the All Blacks playing the Brisith and Irish Lions, for the first time scince 2005.
All 560 tickets for this years event SOLD OUT on the launch night back in November 2016.
There is not enough space to name all the sporting greats that have supported the Champions but they include Sir Colin Meads, Ian Kirkpatrick, Joe Stanley, Michael Jones, Frank Bunce, Andy Haden, Jonah Lomu, Eric Rush, Tana Umaga, Josh Kronfeld, Christian Cullen, Sir Richard Hadlee, Mark Greatbatch, Sir Patrick Hogan, Lois Muir, Julie Coney, Danyon Loader, Bobby Skinsted, Tim Horan, Jason Little, Hugo Porta, Joe Maso, Shane Cameron, Walter Little, Frano Botica, Waka Nathan, Bryan Williams, Kees Meuws, Ian Jones, Wayne 'Buck' Shelford along with many more.
This year’s special guests are Chris Jack, Kees Meeuws, Joe Stanley, Frank Bunce, Andy Haden, John Hart, Buck Shelford, Ian Kirkpatrick, Sean Fitzpatrick, Sir Brian Lochore, Sir Colin Meads and from the ITM fishing show Matt Watson and a yet decided British and Irish Lions star guest.
The event is CCF’s largest event nationwide. It’s a great day for all that attend and has a very loyal attendance.
Guests are entertained with a chat show comprising former All Blacks and other sporting greats, hosted by Ric Solizzo and Scotty Stevenson while enjoying a 3 course lunch, (all drinks included), entertainment and much more.
Included in this epic event we have both a “Live Auction” and a “Silent Auction”. This part of the day is where the real money is raised and as such we need to put together an auction that dazzles our guests and gets them spending !
On average three children each week are diagnosed with cancer in New Zealand. Child Cancer Foundation aims to reduce the impact of cancer by offering services that ensure children, and their families, are supported, informed and remain connected at every stage of their cancer journey.
At any one time the Child Cancer Foundation is assisting over 500 families nationwide, connecting with families upon diagnosis and offering targeted practical and meaningful assistance in hospital, at home and in the local community.
The Child Cancer Foundation does not receive any funding from the government and relies on the generosity of everyday New Zealanders to raise the $6 million needed to continue to provide these essential support services.
We have been fortunate to be the recipient charity of the annual Champions Luncheon for more than 10 years. The money raised through this event will help ensure the Foundation can continue to build resilience in families and assist them in a practical way through the many challenges they may experience as they battle childhood cancer.