Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Back to School with Rugby Player Dan Carter

Back to School with Rugby Player Dan Carter

CanTeen Ambassador Dan Carter took a trip back to school today (Tuesday 11 December), when lucky students from Somerville Intermediate in Howick were treated to a visit from the star rugby player.

Click for big version

Somerville Intermediate has 900 students and won the opportunity for Dan to visit their school as part of their contribution to CanTeen’s Annual Bandanna Week appeal. They were delighted to have the exclusive opportunity and without a doubt it was the highlight of the school year for many.

Carter spent an hour with the students answering their questions which ranged from: What it is like working with Coach Graham Henry? to What is the greatest mark in your career so far?

“The best thing about the visit was playing catch with Dan and also that he took the time to talk to everyone personally,” says Tom Moody (11 years old) who plays on the school’s Rugby Team.

The rugby hero’s dedication shone through as he listened to CanTeen members Andrew and Sarah Maud talk about their cancer journey and the support CanTeen had given them along the way. This was followed by the QnA session where the students asked Dan questions.

Click for big version

“Today was a real highlight for me. It was great to see the school come together and see their enthusiasm and support for CanTeen. There really is an awesome community spirit here and it’s fantastic the kids got so into it,” says Carter.

Dan’s involvement with CanTeen began after meeting CanTeen members Tom and Trudi in Christchurch. Their positive attitude and lust for life motivated him to become a CanTeen Ambassador after they passed away.

“After you meet CanTeen members you can’t help but be inspired by them and what CanTeen does to support young people living with cancer,” he says.

CanTeen provides support for young cancer patients, their siblings and bereaved siblings during and after their cancer journey.

“We know teenage years can be some of the toughest, dealing with issues of self worth, identity, intimacy, independence and peer pressure are challenges for all young people, but when cancer enters the mix it can be overwhelming,” says CanTeen Marketing Manager Brad Clark.

CanTeen was built upon the fundamental belief that young people - through meeting, talking and sharing their experiences - would be better able to cope with the uncertainties of living with cancer. The idea that “It’s better when you’re not alone” is more than just a catch phrase for almost 1,000 CanTeen members across New Zealand.

“With community minded leaders like Dan on board and support from the public and schools like Somerville Intermediate, we can raise the profile and funds to support more of the estimated 12,500 CanTeen aged people living with cancer in New Zealand. It really is better when you’re not alone!” says Clark.

Photos by Rob Trathen


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news