The Southland Charity Hospital’s Aftermatch event promised to be a night of glamour, glitz and good times – and it delivered.
TW Events & Incentives event manager Adam Reinsfield says the Southland Charity Hospital’s Aftermatch function was the first large-scale, gala dinner event hosted by TW Events & Incentives since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the country into lockdown.
“We were honoured to host such a meaningful event, and we hope everybody who attended had a fantastic time in support of an incredible cause.”
The glamorous affair was attended by more than 700 people, who converged on the spectacular Bill’s Shed at Bill Richardson Transport World on Saturday night. The evening was MC’d by television personality Scotty ‘Sumo’ Stevenson and featured entertainment courtesy of popular Queenstown band LA Social. Plenty of well-known names were among the crowd.
Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry, heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Parker, former All Blacks including Ali Williams, Tony Brown, and Troy Flavell, TV fishing star Matt Watson – the host of The Fishing Show – and the hosts of popular radio show The Rock Morning Rumble were all in attendance.
The Southland Charity Hospital was formed thanks to the advocacy of Winton man Blair Vining, whose courageous quest for more equitable cancer treatment for people living in the deep south captivated the hearts of Kiwis up and down the country.
The Aftermatch followed the Pack the Park rugby game at Rugby Park in Invercargill. The game was held to thank the people of Southland and Otago for rallying behind the charity hospital’s cause, and to pay tribute to the one-year anniversary of the death of Blair Vining.
Blair Vining’s Epic Journey captivated Kiwis up and down the country. The Winton man’s courageous battle to ensure more equitable cancer care for all New Zealanders, after he himself was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, was the catalyst for both the formation of a national cancer care agency as well as the Southland Charity Hospital.
Thank you to Layton Findlater and the Southland Charity Hospital for the use of images from Pack the Park and The Aftermatch.