History of Champions Lunch 1998-2019
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. Ronald McDonald House,Wellington was the recipient Charity of this inaugural Champion Luncheon. The first guests to appear on the Champions stage was Sean Fitzpatrick, Frank Bunce, Bruce Robertson, Sir Colin Meads, David Howman and Phil Gifford with Ric Salizzo as chat show host.
Since then over 5 different NZ Charities have benefited from this event, Cloud 9 Children's Foundation, Skylight Trust, Mary Potter Hospice, Nero Research Trust and for the last decade it has been the flagship event for the Child Cancer Foundation.
Over the years Champions lunch has rasied over $5million for those in need.
Superstar Alumni of Champoins Lunch
There is not enough space to name all the sporting greats that have supported the Champions Luncheon, but they include the late great Sir Colin Meads, the late Sir Brian Lochore, the late great Jonah Lomu ,Sir Bryan Williams, Sir Gordon Tietjens, Sir Michael Jones, Sir John Kirwin, Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Patrick Hogan, Ian Kirkpatrick, Joe Stanley, Frank Bunce, Andy Haden, Tana Umaga, Josh Kronfeld, Christian Cullen, Mark Greatbatch, Lois Muir, Danyon Loader, Bobby Skinsted, Tim Horan, Jason Little, Hugo Porta, Joe Maso, Shane Cameron, Walter Little, Frano Botica, Waka Nathan, Kees Meuws, Ian Jones, Wayne 'Buck' Shelford, Phillipe Sella, Chris Jack, Sam Harrison, Noel Harris, Murray Pierce, Julie Coney and the superstar adventure fisherman, Matt Watson.
What is the Champions Luncheon?
Guests are entertained with a chat show comprising former All Blacks and other sporting greats while enjoying a three course lunch, drinks, entertainment and much more.
Included in this epic event there is 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 !
Champions Lunch 2020
Champions Lunch 2020 will be raising much needed funds for Life flight.