XV toface parliament team

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SOON after Winton man Blair Vining, 38, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in October last year he wrote out his bucket list, which included one last game of rugby with his favourite team-mates..

Mr Vining’s Invitational XV side won the match 45-24, and The Blair Vining Sports Foundation was set up, which aims to provide Central Southland College athletes with the same opportunities as they would find in larger schools.

Mrs Vining said her husband’s selflessness since he was diagnosed had been amazing.

“We just want to create a good legacy so that all his good work can carry on.”

In February Mr Vining was the opening speaker at an International Cancer Conference in Wellington.

The Vinings have also been campaigning for a national cancer plan, and more robust cancer treatment options for patients in Otago and Southland.

Next month the Blair Vining Invitational Rugby team has been called together again to play the Parliamentary Rugby Team in Queenstown at the Wakatipu Recreation Ground On Saturday, April 6.

Mr Vining is excited about the event. “I loved it so much last time, I am strapping on my boots again with my mates to take on MP Hamish Walker and his team in this charity match.”

Following the game there will be an auction and function at the Wakatipu Clubrooms. Funds raised will be shared between Garston School and the Blair Vining Sports Foundation.

Mr Walker is equally excited. “I’m incredibly excited about lacing up my boots for two fantastic organisations against Blair’s invitational side.

“What better excuse to bring the team down south than to support a local school and an incredible sports foundation.

“He is an incredible man who is heavily involved in the Central Southland community, and I’m honoured to be able to support his foundation.”

The game will start at 2.30pm with entry by gold coin donation.

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