Tim Manning supports Fiji Island Rugby Team

Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 2:57 pm in
FORMER New Zealand sevens great Eric Rush and property developer Tim Manning have teamed up to support the Tavua Island Rugby Club by donating the team’s uniform.

Situated in the Mamanuca Group, the club competes in the Malolo Island zone.

Manning and Rush are investors in a number of community projects through Pacific Islands Partnership (PIP). They are also major sponsors of Performers4Poverty (P4P), the registered, charitable trust which has already undertaken two major aid projects to Fiji.

Tim Manning and the Tavua Island Rugby Club
Island boys … Tim Manning presents a set of rugby jerseys to a Tavua Island Rugby Club official.

Rush said it was an honour to give something back to Fijian rugby players, who have been part of his career.

“I’m never sure which of us is more passionate about rugby, but I reckon I can claim to know a bit about the game,” said Rush.

“Some of my toughest and most challenging games over the years both physically and mentally were against the champion Fiji side.

“Now with the growth of rugby internationally, those of us who care for Fiji and the game must do what we can to ensure Fiji and Fijians get more of the benefits.”

Manning, who is a philanthropist, said he had a particular soft spot for rugby. “Eric and I feel very close to the people of Fiji, who have generously taken us into their country and their hearts,” Manning said.

“We both feel so at home here that we are always looking at ways we can support worthwhile causes.

“Neither of us had it easy as kids, so we look for people who work hard at improving themselves and benefit their own communities, not just themselves.”

Other aid projects done by PIP include the installation of a diesel generator and water tanks. P4P provides teaching resources, classroom furniture, computers, medical supplies, clothes, books, toys, sports equipment and shoes to deprived villages, under-resourced schools and needy medical centres in Fiji.

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